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2011-03-23 13:05:00

LISSE, Netherlands, March 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Mrs. Bettina Wulff, spouse of the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, has officially opened the 62nd edition of the world famous international flower exhibition Keukenhof. Accompanied by her husband Mr. Christian Wulff and the Dutch Crown Prince Willem-Alexander, as well as many other dignitaries, she baptized a newly bred, beautiful colored tulip, named after her. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110323/NY70434 )...


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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