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Education News Archive - April 14, 2008

Villanova University announced that its Board of Trustees has elected Herbert F. Aspbury as chairman. Aspbury succeeds John G. Drosdick, chairman, chief executive officer and president of Sunoco Inc., who served as chairman of Villanova's Board of Trustees since 2001.

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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