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2006-02-24 12:51:01

SESTRIERE, Italy (Reuters) - All 10 Austrian athletes tested during a drugs swoop last Saturday by International Olympic Committee (IOC) officials at the Winter Games have proved negative, Leo Wallner, president of the Austrian Olympic Committee, told Reuters on Friday. The Austrian biathlon and cross-country skiing teams have been the subject of an IOC and police investigation after blood transfusion equipment was found at lodgings in the raid. "It's a good result for us. All the...


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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