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2009-06-29 13:35:00

A group of animal activists in Shanghai reportedly rescued 300 cats from a dealer who was planning to sell the allegedly stolen pets to restaurants in southern China, AFP reported. Lai Xiaoyu, 34, who was part of Friday night's rescue, told AFP the activists received a tip-off from a cat lover saying 22 bamboo cages full of cats in a freight yard where to be shipped to Guangdong province. He said that while many of the cats have been returned to their owners, at least three had died and some...


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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