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2008-06-30 09:03:27

By Jay Rey, The Buffalo News, N.Y. Jun. 30--It was a year ago, when men from the oil and gas companies knocked on the door of Stephen Woloszyn's dairy farm in the small Cattaraugus County village of Delevan. They wanted to drill for natural gas on his property. "They showed up at my house, and told me who they were," said Woloszyn, whose farm has been in the family for more than 50 years. "I had two different outfits asking me for a lease." Soaring oil and natural gas prices have 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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