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2008-06-24 06:02:47

By Maria Garriga, New Haven Register, Conn. Jun. 24--NEW HAVEN -- The Board of Education Monday voted to give AFB Construction Management of Bridgeport the schools facilities management contract for $1.08 million. "We're ready to move tomorrow. We've started working from our first interview," said Alfonso Barbarotta, AFB's president and chief executive officer. AFB beat out Aramark Inc. of Philadelphia, which had held the contract for 14 years, as well as OR&L Facility Services in...


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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