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2008-07-25 09:00:51

A wildfire has scorched 89 acres of wetlands in Moab. The fire is fully contained but still burning. Workers were busy Thursday solidifying a 50- to 100-foot perimeter around the fire to prevent wind from pushing it any further, said Heather O'Hanlon, fire information officer for the Bureau of Land Management. Lightning ignited the Slough fire at about 3 p.m. Tuesday. Officials asked for a voluntary evacuation because of potential smoke inhalation issues, O'Hanlon said. "The fire made...


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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