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Education News Archive - January 23, 2007

By Scott Waldman, Erie Times-News, Pa. Jan. 23--The 435 miles of Pennsylvania that stand between Simon Campbell's Yardley home and the Millcreek Township School District have not diminished his concern about the possibility of a teachers strike.

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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