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2011-12-04 08:13:36

With an extended period of solar activity set to start as early as next year, storms originating from the sun could cause widespread blackouts and massive economic losses, a German insurance firm has predicted. The study, which was the work of Allianz, is the topic of a December 2 article by Reuters reporter Ethan Bilby which states that the "upcoming cycle of stormy solar activity risks causing damage to electrical transformers and threatening vulnerable energy infrastructure around 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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