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2011-03-26 08:35:00

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED), the premier dictionary of the English language and published by Oxford University Press, has added a new list of words and expressions to its already 600,000-long list.In its latest online update, OED has listed such expressions as OMG! (oh my god), LOL (laughing out loud), and FYI (for your information) as valid English entries in its authoritative reference book.The words and expressions will be added to the online edition of the dictionary by the end of...


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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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