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2008-07-09 09:00:37

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. _ You know you're at the Television Critics Association's summer meetings when one moment you're talking about what Barack Obama's nomination is going to mean to TV One _ gavel-to-gavel coverage in Denver, for starters _ and the next you're listening to Jane Seymour, ageless and demure in a blue dress, talking about "Dear Prudence," a Hallmark Channel movie the network describes as a "whodunit with a heart." There's a lot of unease in the television industry this...


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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