Latest Don Thibodeau Stories

2006-07-14 07:20:00

By Scott Malone FRYEBURG, Maine - As Don Thibodeau drove across his potato field, juggling a cell phone, walkie-talkie and the steering wheel of his pickup truck, he dispelled the illusion of bucolic farm life. His packers were behind schedule on a big order and a new sprayer wasn't working quite right. But what Thibodeau wanted to talk about was his latest venture, a vodka distillery. Thibodeau is one of a handful of New England farmers who have turned to vodka distilling as a more...

Word of the Day
  • 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.'