tuque /tūk/ n Canadian English, var. toque [19th c. Canadian French, from the French toque, from the Basque tauka] 1 A close-fitting knitted cap, often with a long tapering end or tassel or pompom. 2 fig Something quintessentially Canadian.
souq /sūk/ n from the Arabic سوق var. souk 1 An open-air marketplace. 2 fig A central meeting place for the circulation of news and ideas.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Israel fails to make peace with Eurovision Song Contest

The Israeli tandem of Noa & Mira Awad--a Jew and an Arab representin' together with their song of peace, "There must be another way"--finished a disappointing 16th (out of 42) at this year's Eurovision Song Contest, the 54th annual event which stops all of Europe in its tracks for 5 days each May.

Norway was the winner at this year's event, held in Moscow. Israel's drought reached 11 years (it last won in 1998; also in 1978 and in 1979). Could be worse: Portugal is now 0-for-46 in the competition.

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