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2011-03-10 09:05:00

DALLAS, March 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Every day, 850 water main breaks occur in North America at an annual repair cost of over $3 billion. Today a new website, www.watermainbreakclock.com, was launched to track the jaw-dropping cumulative price tag to taxpayers of the high costs associated with repairs, replacement and more. Corrosion of old-technology pipe materials remains the leading cause of leaks and breaks that are degrading our water delivery and sewage treatment systems, which...


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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