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Business News Archive - September 27, 2006

By Becky Purser, The Macon Telegraph, Ga. Sep. 27--FORT VALLEY -- Terry Spillers, on trial for murder in the beating death of a Fort Valley man who gave alcohol to his underage son, told his wife he was afraid he had "messed him up really bad," according to testimony Tuesday.

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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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