Quantcast

Latest Tom Mielke Stories

2008-07-20 00:00:26

By Michael Andersen, The Columbian, Vancouver, Wash. Jul. 19--How to summarize a two-hour debate between seven candidates with three party affiliations running for one county commissioner's seat, all in 1,100 words? Why not start by giving them two words each? Craig Williams: green economics. Matt Swindell: hard work. Bridget Schwarz: lively neighborhoods. Robert Nichols: no rail. Tom Mielke: business deregulation. Brad Lothspeich: administrative competence. Pam Brokaw: slower...


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.'
Related