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2008-09-19 15:00:27

By Chuck Barney It's another absurdly gorgeous day in Hawaii. The sunlit sky is a neon blue. A gentle breeze caresses the tops of the palm trees. And the turquoise ocean is calm and inviting. But just off the eastern shore of Oahu, in a cramped, two- person, rented kayak, a storm is brewing. "We're never going to get there if we don't row in sync," mutters my wife, Diane, her voice tinged with exasperation. "There" is tiny Moko Nui island, one of two picturesque atolls anchored beyond...


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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