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—A Dictionary of the English Language, 1766, by Samuel Johnson
We are more heavily taxed by our idleness, pride and folly, than we are taxed by government.
To load with a burden or burdens.
To assess, fix or determine judicially, as the amount of cost on actions in court; as, the court taxes bills of cost.
To charge; to censure; to accuse; usually followed by with; as, to tax a man with pride. He was taxed with presumption.
—The American Dictionary of the English Language, 1828, by Noah Webster
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Years it would take Jim Bakker to earn enough to pay his federal fine at his current job cleaning prison toilets:
Zoologists speculated that cannibalism among hippos might have led to an anthrax outbreak in Uganda that has killed at least 220 of the beasts. “I knew hippos were nasty,” said one anthrax expert, “but I didn’t know they went around eating each other.”
A white man in St. Louis was charged with punching a black man at a gas station after telling him to “go back to Ferguson.” “I’m going to let the authorities handle this,” said the victim, a former Major League baseball player, “but I’ve had enough of St. Louis.”
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