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2008-10-09 18:00:24

By NEAL JUSTIN For nearly three decades, NBC's Thursday-night comedy block has lived up to its "must-see" billing. Half of the shows that have captured the Emmy for best comedy since 1983 have come from its ranks, including "Cheers,""The Cosby Show,""Friends,""Seinfeld" and, most recently, "30 Rock" and "The Office." But for all its efforts, the network has rarely been able to assemble four great programs at the same time, subjecting us die- hard regulars to mediocre fare that looks...

2008-10-09 09:00:31

By Scott D. Pierce Deseret News "KATH & KIM" is this season's most annoying new network TV show. It's populated by characters who are the equivalent of nails on a chalkboard. The kind of people you'd sprint away from if you encountered them in real life ... so why would you want to spend a half hour a week with them on TV? When you toss in the fact that this is supposed to be a comedy but it's painfully unfunny, this has all the makings of yet another NBC disaster. Based on an...

Word of the Day
  • 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.'