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2008-06-17 15:00:50

By Sara Schilling, Tri-City Herald, Kennewick, Wash. Jun. 17--More than 88 percent of 11th-graders in Washington have passed a high-stakes test in reading and more than 90 percent have passed in writing, an important step toward earning a high school diploma. Those figures for the Class of 2009 include results from the spring Washington Assessment of Student Learning. Three quarters of 10th-graders and one in five ninth-graders also have passed the exam in both subjects now thanks to...


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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