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International News Archive - March 02, 2010

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British health authorities reported that a batch of heroin contaminated with anthrax was probably still circulating in Europe, posing a serious threat to drug users.

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Researchers from the Institute for Food and Agricultural Research and Technology (IRTA) have analyzed the definitions of 'traditional food' and 'innovation' in order to predict the degree to which people will accept changes in the foods they eat.

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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