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Entertainment News Archive - May 14, 2007

By Titan Barksdale, Winston-Salem Journal, N.C. May 14--By 9 a.m. yesterday, callers had jammed the telephone lines for a gospel-radio program with Anita "Boss Lady" Dean as host. Dean had just gone on the air. She whispered a prayer and anointed the microphone in the studio before speaking.

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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