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Sci-Fi & Gaming News Archive - June 26, 2006

Defying intensified World Cup distractions and toasty weather in Europe, Warner Bros. International's "Poseidon" scored a surprise goal this weekend by edging out two powerful rivals -- "X-Men: The Last Stand" and "The Da Vinci Code" -- to top the overseas box office.

Author JK Rowling confessed on Sunday she was feeling sad that her days penning the Harry Potter books were almost over.

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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