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Oddities News Archive - November 20, 2003

By ROBERT BARR LONDON (AP) -- A tabloid reporter's tale of working undercover as a Buckingham Palace footman has deeply shocked British commentators.That wallpaper!That Tupperware and plastic yoghurt pot on Her Majesty's breakfast table!That "eat, drink and remarry" pillow in Prince Andrew's sitting room! Thursday's newspapers had plenty of comment on the style - or lack of it - inside the palace.

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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