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2011-01-01 06:35:00

E-readers are provoking a highly-heated debate among better-read environmentalists. Gadget-lovers are quick to point out that the printed word causes 125 million tress to be taken down every year in the US. But book-lovers retort that e-readers take more energy to produce, consume more energy to use, and create an even greater waste problem when thrown away. Several studies on the topic have concluded that it really all depends on how many books you read, though they differ on the number....


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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