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2008-09-23 15:00:34

By FITZSIMONS, Tom MODERN medicine has meant everything from heart transplants to powerful new drugs, but one great hurdle has long remained -- hospital gowns that bare all. The draughty exposure problem -- humiliating for those already at a low point -- has bothered Wellington theatre nurse Jenny Kendall for two years. Now, she says, patients can finally relax. Her solution, inspired by Pacific Island lavalavas, was a piece of cloth that could be wound around the waist -- under 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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