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2008-07-31 21:00:22

By Allison Flynn, The Shelby Star, N.C. Jul. 31--A lightning strike Tuesday night has resulted in a 125-acre fire in the Chimney Rock area of Rutherford County. According to Bruce MacDonald with the N.C. Division of Forest Resources, the fire is located on mostly private property adjacent to Chimney Rock Park. "What we have is burning above and below the rock cliff, so it's almost like having two fires," MacDonald said. Dozers and bridge crews, along with state park hand crews and...


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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