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Technology News Archive - March 19, 2006

By Meg Kissinger, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Mar. 19--This dingy coin laundry is one of the new "day rooms" of the modern era of psychiatric care, where patients no longer kept in huge institutions come to hang out. Here, at the corner of N. 27th and W.

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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