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2006-08-14 03:04:40

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A South African lifeguard had his foot bitten "clean off" when a shark attacked him during a training exercise off a beach near Cape Town, officials said. Achmat Hassiem, 24, and his brother and fellow lifeguard Taariq, 17, were in the water off False Bay on Sunday when Achmat spotted a shark and yelled to his brother to get into a nearby boat. "I got in the boat. The shark turned and went straight for my brother," Taariq told the SAPA news agency. "I stuck...


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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