Word of the day

The word for today is…

rabble (noun) – 1. A tumultuous crowd; a mob.
2. The lowest or unrefined class of people.
3. A group of persons regarded with contempt.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : Circa 1300, “pack of animals,” possibly related to Middle English rablen “to gabble, speak in a rapid, confused manner,” probably imitative of hurry, noise, and confusion (compare Middle Dutch rabbelen, Low German rabbeln “to chatter”). Meaning “tumultuous crowd of vulgar, noisy people” is from late 14th century; applied contemptuously to the common or low part of any populace from 1550s.

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Peter is a fourth generation New Zealander, with both his mothers and fathers folks having arrived in New Zealand in the 1870’s. He lives in Lower Hutt with his wife, two cats and assorted computers.

His work history has been in the timber, banking and real estate industries, and he’s now enjoying retirement. He has been interested in computers for over thirty years and is a strong advocate for free open source software. He is Chairman of the SeniorNet Hutt City Committee.