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2009-12-02 09:26:00

WASHINGTON, Dec. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The attacks of 9/11 and subsequent American actions irrevocably changed the political, military and legal landscapes of U.S. national security. Terrorists threw out the old rules of war but the United States still has not decided on the new ones. Legislating the War on Terror reveals just how much work there is to be done and offers a fresh set of ideas for how to begin. It presents an agenda for reforming the statutory law governing this new...


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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