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by Michael Sean Winters

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This morning, at the corner store, I noticed phone cards for sale, one of which read: "CABAL - CentroAmerica."

"Cabal" is a uniquely British word. It started as an acronym for a group of British Lords who were determined to bring down the government of the Earl of Clarendon. Clifford (a Sir, not a Lord), Ashley, Buckingham (a Duke), Arlington and Lauderdale were the leaders and lent the first letter of their names to the word we now use to suggest any secretive conspiracy...or Central American phone cards.

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