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2008-08-10 21:00:27

By Melissa Evans Newly divorced with two kids to support, Betty Batenburg circled a help wanted ad in the local newspaper for a 37-hour-a-week position as an administrative assistant. She got the job and, as it turned out, the organization looking for help - the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence - would open the door to a new career and calling for the single mom. More than three decades after answering the ad, Batenburg will end an illustrious career with the...


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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