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2008-03-17 06:00:06

By Kathleen Fackelmann Donald McEwen was driving on I-480 when he saw an ad on the back of a bus recruiting people for a study on diabetes. He picked up his cellphone almost immediately. "I was scared to death," he says now about the pain, fatigue and vision problems caused by his diabetes. "My health was so bad that I thought I would be not long for this world." McEwen, a salesman from Parma, Ohio, got into the study, took his medication and pushed his blood sugar from dangerously...


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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