Education News Archive - September 24, 2006

By Eric Ferreri, The News & Observer, Raleigh, N.C. Sep. 24--DURHAM -- Upon learning recently that Durham's Southern High School was in danger of opening its school year without enough math and science teachers, N.C.

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.'