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International News Archive - June 16, 2012

Forest Boy Identified

Known to German locals as Forest Boy, Robin van Helsum had his 15 minutes of international fame recently as local police and Interpol sent his picture out all over the world in a last ditch effort to find any remaining family he may have left.

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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