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2009-01-25 10:29:35

Pauline Penny Cosby, whose tightrope exploits with prestigious U.S. circuses earned her acclaim, has died at the age of 92, her niece says. Cosby's niece, Dorothy Gravelin, remembered her aunt, who retired to Palm Beach County, Fla., in the 1970s, as a performer who earned the moniker Queen of the Silver Wire through her thrilling high-wire acts, the Palm Beach (Fla.) Post said Saturday. Cosby's 30-year tightrope career included stints with the Al G. Barnes Circus and the Downey Bros....


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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