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2008-07-23 12:00:48

By Kelly Marshall Fuller, The Sun News, Myrtle Beach, S.C. Jul. 23--Adults and children hit the beach at 6 a.m. Fridays at Myrtle Beach State Park to search for signs of loggerhead turtles and their nests -- and to clean the beach and find other ways to assist the survival of the threatened species. Meanwhile, turtle volunteers in Litchfield Beach are placing bright orange tags on items left on the sand by beachgoers -- such as chairs and tents -- that could endanger female loggerhead...


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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