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2011-02-01 11:44:30

According to findings released by an expert in Arctic paleontology, fossilized tracks from two newly discovered prehistoric birds have been found in Alaska's Denali National Park. Tony Fiorillo, a paleontologist and curator at the Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas, told Reuters that the previously unknown birds were among a wide variety of birds that left fossilized tracks in Denali. "The skies over Denali were a pretty busy place," he said. The birds are considered a new species 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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