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Education News Archive - May 26, 2008

By Finn Bullers, The Kansas City Star, Mo. May 26--When 18-year-old Jason Young's mother called him with the good news, she began screaming. And when the Olathe North High School student arrived home, Michelle Young was crying. "She just couldn't believe it," he said.

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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