While compiling the Oxford English Dictionary, lexicographer James Murray exchanged hundreds of letters a week with authors, advisors, and volunteer researchers. A new collection online lets you eavesdrop on discussions about which words should be...
A hopeful Ethiopian proverb: When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion. This is part of a complete episode.
A money spider, also known as a money spinner, is a tiny arachnid that dangles from a thread overhead. Don’t swat at it! According to folklore, if it lands on you, you’ll come into money. This is part of a complete episode.
If a Southerner warns she’s going to put a spider on your biscuit, it means she’s about to give you bad news. This is part of a complete episode.
Cobwebs are the same thing as spiderwebs, and they get their name from the old English term coppe, meaning “spider,” which turns up in The Hobbit in a poem about an attercop. This is part of a complete episode.