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2009-09-16 14:54:50

Authorities in Florida said a small runaway plane with no one inside rolled into a building at Space Coast Regional Airport in Titusville. Scott Gaenicke, Titusville Fire Department spokesman, said pilot Don Poppino told investigators the Cessna 152 began rolling away from him after he started it with a hand crank shortly before 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Florida Today reported Wednesday. Gaenicke said the plane moved about half a mile down a runway and crashed into the Bistow Air Center building,...


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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