Business News Archive - March 29, 2008
By Dan Margolies, The Kansas City Star, Mo. Mar. 29--Depressed ethanol prices, high corn prices and skittish credit markets have claimed another victim in the once high-flying ethanol industry. Ethanex Energy Inc.
Word of the Day
- Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
- Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'