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2008-09-08 09:00:13

Pro-democracy lawmakers in Hong Kong's newly elected legislature retained strength to veto any government effort to alter the territory's constitution. Results of the Sunday elections for the 60-seat Legislative Council showed pro-democracy supporters had won 23 of the seats, the BBC reported. That is more than the one-third strength needed for veto purposed on the Chinese-administered autonomous region. Their victory, though two seats less than their current numbers in the legislature,...

2006-06-30 22:53:00

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Thousands of people were expected to turn out for a democracy march in Hong Kong on Saturday marking the ninth anniversary of the former British colony's return to Chinese rule. Pro-democracy lawmakers and activists have made a publicity push in the past week to convince people to attend, and the Apple Daily newspaper estimated on Saturday that as many as 50,000 people could join the protest, an annual event in the city of nearly 7 million people. In a move...

2005-12-22 03:57:26

By John Ruwitch HONG KONG (Reuters) - China's Communist leaders criticised Hong Kong's pro-democracy lawmakers on Thursday for blocking an election reform package that the government argued would have made the territory more democratic. Analysts said the rejection of the reforms late on Wednesday would slow the political reform process, hurt whatever goodwill had sprouted between the government and the democrats and sow political confusion -- at least in the short term. But some...

2005-12-21 22:05:55

By Brian Rhoads BEIJING (Reuters) - China criticized Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers on Thursday for blocking a controversial election reform package, saying it ran counter to public opinion and the desires of the Chinese central leadership. The pro-democracy lawmakers voted down the controversial package on Wednesday, dealing a blow to the city's leader, Donald Tsang, who argued that it was a major step toward democracy. A Chinese cabinet office spokesman said China and Hong...

2005-09-25 10:37:13

By John Ruwitch GUANGZHOU, China (Reuters) - A group of die-hard pro-democracy lawmakers from Hong Kong crossed into mainland China on Sunday for the first time since being barred for criticizing Beijing after the Tiananmen Square crackdown of 1989. The Chinese government invited the city's entire 60-member Legislative Council on a two-day tour of the southern province of Guangdong as a goodwill gesture to try to build trust with lawmakers, some of whom it has labeled traitors in...


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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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