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2008-09-05 16:59:58

Summer is over. School, crisp breezes and colored leaves are inevitable. But is the same true for catching a cold? Most adults have two to four colds a year and children easily double that figure, surveys report. Despite the name, colds are not caused by cold weather but by warm humans. The only way to ensure that you never catch a cold virus, says Dr. Jack Gwaltney, Jr., a cold specialist at the University of Virginia, is to "become a hermit." But knowing some uncommon...


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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