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2008-08-29 18:00:39

PENSIONER Doreen Ford was one of more than 90 patients who died after contracting C.diff during Britain's worst ever outbreak. She caught the bug at Maidstone Hospital two years ago while having chemotherapy for her breast cancer. The 77-year-old was put in an isolation ward and given antibiotics - but the infection proved resilient. Doreen spent the next six weeks in and out of hospital before being readmitted and dying of septicaemia. A report later found a string of failures...


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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