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Education News Archive - December 10, 2009

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When H1N1 or other illnesses prevent school attendance, students, parents and teachers can now access a variety of McGraw-Hill Education's free instructional resources on the web.

College students who pore over their notes again and again as they prep for finals could use their studying time more wisely.

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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