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Business News Archive - July 01, 2005

Jul. 2--Dorothy Lang spent decades making egg noodles to help her farm family pay the bills. Now she's in the oil business, reaping royalties from two wells drilled on her property in the past 2 1/2 years.

Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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