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Words: slapping, adj.

"TODAY I had a slapping walk." One might think this a Bright Young Thing's remark, not that of the cerebral poet Wallace Stevens when writing to his wife in 1912. The OED omits its survival in America this century, but notes the two 19th-century usages: large and fast. In each case, this refers to both men and horses, as does spanking, which goes back to the 17th century, possibly from spanke, Danish for strut.

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Saving your bacon: Denmark is joining the Bahamas and the Virgin Islands as a tax haven. The Danish government has abolished tax on profits made by companies abroad and 200 foreign firms have set up holding companies in Denmark to take advantage. Observers fear this generous tax environment could encourage less than credible companies to Denmark. "If there are no checks on profits, it is a perfect arena for money-laundering," says one analyst. Scandinavian firms, including many from Sweden who are taxed almost out of existence, are moving to Copenhagen.

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FKI to buy Crisplant for pounds 186.5m

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Girl `shot and strangled' by gun fanatic

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CRICKET: Something rotten in the state of Denmark

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Ice Hockey: Britain have to settle for silver

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Ice Hockey: Adey keeps Britain on track

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WORLD NO one Peter Gade Christensen won his first All England title yesterday with a hard-fought 15-11, 7-15, 15-10 victory over the Indonesian teenager Taufik Hidayat.

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