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2009-02-06 14:25:39

The British Ministry of Defense has begun sending troops on the front lines in Afghanistan new ration packs that include Oreos and chicken tikka masala. The ministry said the multi-climate ration packs, the first updates to Britain's military cuisine since the Cold War era, each contain 4,000 calories, the amount officials determined is needed by a war zone soldier for a single day, The Guardian reported Friday. The new main courses replacing corned beef hash in the ration packs include...


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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