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First TV Anchor Wasn’t Cronkite
2012-10-03 19:04:52

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online While Anchorman 2 is underway in the studios, one researcher set out to assure everyone that neither Walter Cronkite, nor Ron Burgundy, was TV's first anchorman, as it was really a quiz show panelist from 1948. Mike Conway, an associate professor of journalism at Indiana University, found that the first anchorman was John Cameron Swayze, who was a regular on the 1948 quiz show "Who Said That?" Swayze, an experienced print 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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