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2011-02-23 07:57:51

The Canadian government announced Tuesday it plans to invest 35 million dollars in meteorological and navigational warning services in the Arctic over the next five years to provide enhanced accessibility to weather data and shipping information for mariners, businesses and the general population there. Researchers suggest that global warming could leave the region free of ice by 2030, which could open up navigation and access for oil companies looking to capitalize on the massive reserves...


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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