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Entertainment News Archive - August 13, 2006

By Erik Kirschbaum BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Nobel prize-winning author Günter Grass has come under attack from writers, literary critics, historians and politicians for his belated confession he was once a member of Hitler's Waffen SS.

By Paul Majendie EDINBURGH (Reuters) - For stand-up comedians the Edinburgh Fringe is the toughest gig in the world, but they revel in the challenge of competing at the Olympics of Comedy.

By Kenneth Li NEW YORK (Reuters) - Twentieth Century Fox will start to sell movies including "X-Men: The Last Stand" and TV shows like "24" from Web sites owned by parent News Corp. in the company's first step in the online movie market.

By Scott Hillis SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The Starship Enterprise is in trouble and, as usual, Capt. James T. Kirk has a plan to save it.

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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