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2008-01-06 09:00:00

It's that time of the year when the longing comes over you. Winter has settled in. Now that it's truly gray and drab outdoors, you pine for living color. A houseplant, maybe two, will feed your need. You don't have to be a horticulturist. It's easy enough to turn your thumb - and home - green. It just requires a little know-how, the right kind of plant and proper care. These steps will help stop even the most clueless gardener from becoming a plant killer. LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION...


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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