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2009-04-28 19:05:00

WASHINGTON, April 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement after the Senate voted to confirm Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius to serve as the next Health and Human Services Secretary: "I congratulate Governor Kathleen Sebelius on her confirmation by the Senate to serve as our nation's Health and Human Services Secretary. Governor Sebelius' strong leadership and extensive experience is greatly needed as the nation confronts the public health...


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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