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2008-06-26 15:02:47

By VAN DEN BERGH, Roeland AUCKLAND International Airport is considering the implications of a Commerce Commission decision to refuse permission for its two previously competing duty-free operators to merge. The commission is also investigating an airport decision to move from two duty-free concessions to one. Auckland airport has granted Hong Kong-based DFS Group duty- free rights for the next seven years, shutting out Regency Duty Free. On March 28 the commission gave the...


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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