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Business News Archive - November 25, 2006

By GRAHAM GRANT THE parents of an autistic schoolboy have been banned from helping him to fasten his seatbelt on the school bus. Tenyearold Matthew Palmer, who suffers from Asperger's syndrome, is classed as a special needs child.

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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