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Education News Archive - January 21, 2009

Sixty schools throughout the United States have instituted a nutrition program aimed at promoting increased fruit and vegetable consumption, a principal says.

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The Texas Board of Education convened a public hearing Wednesday on proposed new standards for the teaching of science in Texas classrooms.

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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