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2009-04-10 16:23:41

Police in the Gothenburg archipelago on Sweden's west coast hope that this year's Easter bonfire competition will be a peaceful one. Last year was calm. No reports were made related to the spruce wars, Bjorn Lansten, a Gothenburg police spokesman, told The Local. The truce in the spruce wars was no accident. A couple of years ago, police stepped up patrols in the northern archipelago during the days leading up to Easter to prevent the competition for fuel from turning violent. Ingela Olsson,...


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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