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Education News Archive - December 03, 2006

By David Perlmutt, The Charlotte Observer, N.C. Dec. 3--It's a gift that has inspired a whole school. Last year, a graduate of East Mecklenburg High School pledged $500,000 to recruit and keep great teachers if the school raised a like amount -- and hid his identity.

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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