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2008-05-19 09:00:26

By Brad Stone Tributes on the Web site of Richard Gordon's company strike all of the uplifting chords one would expect of a digital maverick. He is described as a "trailblazing businessman" who is "operating in the front ranks of those transforming the Internet into the global marketplace of the future." There is an echo of truth in all of this. Though most Internet buffs have probably never heard of him, Gordon, 62, played a significant role in the birth of electronic commerce. While...


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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