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2008-06-17 12:00:27

By Nick Gevock, The Montana Standard, Butte Jun. 17--Clark Canyon reservoir remains about a quarter short of its long term average water supply despite the recent several weeks of cool, wet weather. The reservoir as of last week was holding about 121,000 acre feet of water, roughly three quarters its average of 167,000 acre feet for this time of year, said Dennis Miotke, manager of the East Bench irrigation district. It's only 9,000 acre feet more than last year but a big improvement...


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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