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2009-03-31 14:01:01

A British theater company said reports of a bear wandering Rendlesham Forest were part of a hoax to draw an audience to Shakespeare's A Winter's Tale. The Red Rose Chain Theatre Company said fears of an escaped bear were sparked after they persuaded three people to report seeing a brown bear -- a species extinct in England since the 11th century -- near Ipswich, England, as part of their promotion for the upcoming play, The Daily Telegraph reported Tuesday. Company members said a famous stage...


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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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