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2006-02-08 18:39:29

Making good business and production decisions isn't as straightforward or intuitive as it used to be because today's global market and business environment is exceedingly more complex. "When Henry Ford started making Model Ts, the goal was mass production. "He wanted to stamp out thousands of the same thing and didn't have to change the basic setup once it worked," says Young-Jun Son, an assistant professor in Systems and Industrial Engineering (SIE) at The University of Arizona. "In that...


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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