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2006-04-04 04:50:17

By Ed Stoddard KAGISO, South Africa (Reuters) - A South African detective shot dead eight people including four fellow officers and a one-year-old baby before police killed him, a spokeswoman for the force said on Tuesday. The killing spree in Kagiso township west of Johannesburg was shocking even by the standards of South Africa, which has one of the world's highest rates of violent crime. "We are still trying to establish a motive," said police spokeswoman Mary...


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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