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General News Archive - April 24, 2009

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Single parenthood became prevalent in the 20th century but there is ambivalent acceptance of divorce rather than an embrace of it, US researchers said.

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The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy has outlined a list of 66 breeds of chickens it is trying to save from extinction.

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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