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2006-07-06 08:05:00

By James Kilner LONGYEARBYEN, Norway -- Thais may not have a distinguished polar history but they are among the biggest ethnic groups in Norway's snowy Arctic archipelago of Svalbard. This group of islands roughly the size of Ireland and about 600 miles from the North Pole is the only place in Western Europe where migrants from developing countries do not need a visa or permit to work and live. "If you're able to find a job you have the right according to the treaty to come here," Norway's...


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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