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2010-09-06 06:30:00

A homemade rocket built by two Danes failed during an attempted launch on Sunday due to a technical glitch, according to Danish media. Live footage of the event on the Baltic island of Bornholm appeared to show brown smoke coming out of the rocket just before lift-off. Experts said the likely cause was a failure of the ignition system. After an inspection, the engineers decided against a second launch attempt and did not set a new date for a future attempt. Peter Madsen and Kristian von...


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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