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2008-07-22 03:00:25

By Steve Cahalan, La Crosse Tribune, Wis. Jul. 22--The American Queen steamboat will make the first of this year's 14 scheduled visits to La Crosse from 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday, during a trip from St. Louis to St. Paul. The public is invited to help local dignitaries welcome passengers and crew members as they get off the boat at Riverside Park and to help bid them farewell when they depart. The Grand River Singers will perform in the park from 4 to 5 p.m., said Clarissa Bates, La Crosse...


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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