Quantcast

Education News Archive - December 27, 2006

By Ana Maria Trujillo, The Santa Fe New Mexican Dec. 27--When El Dorado Elementary sixth-grade teacher Anita Navrot was 6 years old, she and her sister Teresa used to play school. They'd set up their dolls and then take turns teaching them lessons on a small chalkboard.

By KAREN THOMPSON At first glance, the students working at the long tables look like average high school kids. They wear baggie pants and T-shirts emblazoned with names of rock bands, and some have tongue piercings.

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.'
Related