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2008-09-04 09:00:00

SHOP assistant Emma Hutchinson is preparing to do the Great North Run in memory of her cousin, who died this year at the age of 16. The 18-year-old hopes to raise money to fight cystic fibrosis (CF), the disease which claimed the life of her cousin, Rebecca Cork, of River Garth, Darlington. Miss Hutchinson, who has never taken part in any long distance event before, is building up her fitness with regular training runs from her home at Manor Cottage, in Winston, near Barnard Castle. She...


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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