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2008-09-24 00:00:22

By Simon Parker T he centenary of a significant event in Cornish mining history is to be marked with a festival of walks, talks, exhibitions and the premiere of a new play celebrating the area's industrial heritage. Phoenix 100 is the umbrella group coordinating a range of activities in the Caradon Hill area to commemorate the installation of the last Cornish pumping engine in a Cornish mine back in 1909. Next year the group, which has the support of a number of heritage, arts 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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