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2008-06-17 00:00:15

By John McCoy The recent cicada emergence in parts of West Virginia has triggered a feeding frenzy for fish. With zillions of big, clumsy chunks of protein splashing to the water's surface, it doesn't take even the dumbest fish long to figure out that the critters are good to eat. Matt Yeager, the superintendent at Beech Fork State Park, said that even carp and catfish have gotten in on the act. "It's the darnedest thing," he said. "A cicada will fall to the water, and WHOOSH! A carp...


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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