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2009-07-09 11:50:00

Wine from France, once tops among the population of Britain, now trails wines from four other countries, sales figures show. The Daily Telegraph said Thursday sales figures from the quarter ending in mid-June show French wines were outsold by wines from South Africa, Italy, Australia and the United States. During that time period, 2.8 million cases of French wine were sold throughout Britain. But South African wines narrowly edged out their French counterparts with 2.9 million cases sold....


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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