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2008-09-08 03:00:18

By Baer, Jim The new coke facility will include 120 heat recovery ovens capable of producing approximately 650,000 tons of screened blast furnace coke per year, which will be sold to U.S. Steel under a 15- year contract. What it does is make U.S. Steel's Granite City plant much more energy-based self-sustaining while meeting the strictest of new environmental standards. Ground was broken on May 5th of this year, and the construction project is expected to last upwards of 18 months. This...


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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