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2012-01-29 08:30:31

A team of researchers from a Dutch university have linked the olfactory sense with improved long-term memory -- a condition known as "the Proust phenomenon" in honor of the French author's novel "In Search of Lost Time." According to Telegraph Science Correspondent Nick Collins, Utrecht University researchers Marieke B. J. Toffolo, Monique A. M. Smeets, and Marcel A. van den Hout recruited 70 female students and had them watch video footage "designed to provoke aversion," including traffic...


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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