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2011-06-10 09:45:00

Despite some recent reports to the contrary, German officials remain convinced that bean sprouts or similar shoots from an organic farm in the northern German state of Lower Saxony are responsible for a recent, deadly outbreak of E. coli in Europe, Reuters is reporting. Thirty-one people have died from the food-borne bacterial outbreak so far and hundreds have been made ill. Citing a study of patients and the food they ate. "It's the bean sprouts," said Reinhard Burger, head of the Robert...


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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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