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2005-12-15 11:29:18

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - William Proxmire, a Democrat who spent three decades in the U.S. Senate battling what he thought was wasteful and senseless government spending, died on Thursday at the age of 90, congressional officials said. Proxmire, who left the Senate in 1989, had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease for years. "Senator Proxmire leaves behind an unparalleled legacy as a defender of the American taxpayer and one of the hardest working senators in U.S. history," Sen. Russ...


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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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