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2008-09-01 21:00:08

By Patrick B. Massey, M.D. Two weeks ago, I attended a meeting of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine. That might sound like people who are interested in the environment - and that's partially correct. It's a group of physicians, nurses and other health-care providers who are interested in the internal "environment" of each person and in providing the best care using what is truly known about how the body works. When I was in medical school, we learned a lot about the...


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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