ballard

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Ballard (ˈbælɑːd)
 
n
J(ames) G(raham). 1930--2009, British novelist, born in China; his books include Crash (1973), The Unlimited Dream Company (1979), Empire of the Sun (1984), Cocaine Nights (1996), and Super-Cannes (2000)

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Ballard
surname, attested from 1196, probably meaning "bald head;" cf. Wyclif "Stye up, ballard," where Coverdale translates "Come vp here thou balde heade" [2 Kg.2:23-24, where God kills 42 children for making fun of Elijah's lack of hair.]
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