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2005-11-25 18:28:09

By Chris M. Walsh NEW YORK (Billboard) - Think "Christmas album," and two words probably will not pop into your head along with mistletoe and tinsel: John Waters. The diversity and number of holiday releases sold in recent years continues to rise, as adult contemporary radio stations play more and more Christmas music. This season, such albums as "A Charlie Brown Christmas -- 40 Years," Kenny G's "The Greatest Holiday Classics" and Il Divo's "The Christmas Collection" will find...


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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