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2008-03-22 00:05:00

A new genetic study conducted by a team of international researchers sheds light on Latin America's history, finding that European colonization resulted in a dramatic shift from a native American populace to one that is mainly mixed. However, some areas within Latin America, such as Mexico City, still preserve a genetic heritage due to the high numbers of native populations during European colonization. The study's findings suggest that male European settlers slaughtered the native men, and...


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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