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2009-02-12 10:14:00

Off-duty police captain awarded for saving man's life HILLSBORO, N.H., Feb. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- OSRAM SYLVANIA has named Paul Tucker of Salem, Massachusetts the 2008 SilverStar(R) Night Shift Hero. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090212/NE70111 ) Tucker, whose brother Michael nominated him for the award, is being honored for his work as a police captain and commanding officer of the Salem Police Department's criminal investigation division, as well as for his off-duty...


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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