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2007-11-03 09:00:00

By Paul Rogers, San Jose Mercury News, Calif. Nov. 3--Grizzly bears and stage coach drivers. Saloons. Buzzing redwood sawmills. And a sensational double murder over a pile of gold that grabbed national headlines. The towns of Lexington and Alma once provided a colorful slice of Silicon Valley's past. But 55 years ago they were lost forever, submerged under 130 feet of water when Lexington Reservoir was built in the hills south of Los Gatos. Now the two forgotten communities will have...


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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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