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2008-09-11 09:00:15

By AARON APPLEGATE By Aaron Applegate The Virginian-Pilot U.S. Rep. Thelma Drake, in her role as part of a Republican group created to counter criticisms of vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, has lashed out at Sen. Barack Obama for a comment he made Tuesday about putting "lipstick on a pig." Drake, R-2nd District, is one of the 19 national members of the "Palin Truth Squad," a group made up of Republican women, the majority of whom are members of Congress. "Rather than...

2008-09-11 09:00:00

By Nedra Pickler Associated Press NORFOLK, Va. -- Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on Wednesday accused Republican John McCain's campaign of using "lies and phony outrage and Swift-boat politics" in claiming he used a sexist comment against vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Calling it "the latest made-up controversy by the John McCain campaign," Obama responded to the Republicans' charge that he was referring to Palin when he used the phrase "lipstick on a pig" at a...

2008-09-11 06:00:13

By David Jackson WASHINGTON -- From folksy Texans to today's presidential candidates, the line about putting "lipstick on a pig" has been a time-honored and bipartisan weapon in the political arsenal. Democrat Jim Hightower, then Texas' agriculture commissioner, used the phrase in 1986 when he lashed out at Ronald Reagan's farm-credit policies: "It's like putting lipstick on a pig," he said. "You can't hide the ugliness." Torie Clarke, a Republican and a former Defense Department...


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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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