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Education News Archive - August 09, 2005

Aug. 7--TROTWOOD -- With a Wal-Mart sales flier in one hand and a school-supply handout in the other, Charmaine White was trying to get some bang out of her 40 bucks. Like three-fourths of parents this year, White was shopping at discount retailers to save money.

Aug. 10--The attorney representing a group of former cadets of St. John's Military School in Salina said Tuesday the parents of a cadet who lost teeth and had his jaw fractured while being choked unconscious were "very satisifed" by a substantial payment made to settle the case.

Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • 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.'
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