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2010-01-29 08:30:00

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., Jan. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Michelle Obama may be the first African-American first lady, but in other respects she's not that different from her predecessors, says Wake Forest University Professor of Political Science Kathy Smith, who studies first ladies. "Michelle Obama offers continuity to the past with her traditional interpretation of the first lady role," says Smith, the author of a chapter on Rosalynn Carter in the book "American First Ladies" and...


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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