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2005-04-23 11:43:20

Binge drinking linked to increase in road crashes HealthDay News -- The decline in drinking-related auto accidents that began in the early 1990s may be over: A new survey suggests Americans are hitting the bottle more often now before they hit the road. Alcohol-related auto accidents went down by slightly more than 1 percent a year from 1993 to 1997, dropping from 123 million incidents to 116 million, according to a the report, published in the May issue of the American Journal of Preventive...


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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