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2006-12-09 06:00:24

By Michael Kelly, Omaha World-Herald, Neb. Dec. 9--From the notebook: --Penguins can't fly, but the urban legend about them has again taken flight. The story this week was that a child took home to Des Moines a small penguin from Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo. In the family car, the boy had talked about having a "new friend." The parents thought nothing of it because he often spoke of imaginary friends. When they arrived home, the parents were shocked to discover a small penguin in a...


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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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