Education News Archive - May 09, 2008
By Bill Graves, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore. May 8--Stephen Lam, the son of immigrants from China, took the most challenging courses at David Douglas High, studied five hours a day, earned straight A's.
Word of the Day
- 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.'