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Technology News Archive - October 15, 2005

By Binkley, Margaret; Ghiselli, Richard Abstract As Americans have become more pressed for time, the use of convenient, simplified meals has become a way of life. One aspect of this trend, known as Home Meal Replacement (HMR), has increased in sales since its inception.

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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