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2008-02-28 15:00:00

SHALIMAR -- Shark attacks get Dick Brauer's attention. That's because his hobby is photographing sharks with the help of commercial dive operations. On most of those expeditions, he photographs the sharks through a cage lowered into the water. But Brauer has also done open-water dives similar to the one that killed an Austrian tourist last weekend. The Shalimar resident would do it again "in a heartbeat," he said. "Those are normally done safely. This was a freak accident, I would say." 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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