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2008-09-03 03:00:16

By Kirgin, Ken Casting shipments continue to decline this year, leading to a slight uptick next year. A preliminary analysis of the use of metal castings in the U.S. indicates that the slowdown forecast for 2008 continues, and a loss of 3.8% in casting shipments is to follow the drop in tonnage in 2007. The slowdown experienced in the first six months of this year in most casting market sectors is expected to continue into 2009; however, shipments should increase 2.8% over this year's...


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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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