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2007-10-02 09:01:14

By Jason Womack, Tulsa World, Okla. Oct. 2--Oklahoma's Woodford Shale should get the respect it deserves, according to an executive of Newfield Exploration Mid-Continent Inc. "It's the Rodney Dangerfield of shales," said Sam Langford, manager of planning, acquisitions and commercial development for Newfield, part of Houston-based Newfield Exploration Co. Langford addressed a group of industry professionals Monday about the formation and Newfield's activity there during the third...

Word of the Day
  • 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.'