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2010-05-12 05:40:00

People who wish to have private chats in noisy bars or clubs are about to have it granted. A product designed by student Elaine McLuskey known as a "social sphere" enables people to hold a conversation above the background noise. The 23-year-old came up with the idea after she studied hearing impairments. The speech bubbles will go on display at Edinburgh Napier University's School of Arts and Creative Industries Degree Show. McLuskey from Coatbridge came up with two designs for the...


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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