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2009-09-15 12:56:18

Swimming in a chlorinated pool may increase a child's chances of experiencing problems with asthma and allergies, according to a new study. Writing in Monday's issue of the journal Pediatrics, Alfred Bernard, a toxicology professor at Catholic University of Louvain in Brussels, and colleagues, noted that children who spend over 1,000 hours in chlorinated pools were eight times more at risk of having asthma than children who spent time in pools which used other chemicals. "This is an important...


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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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