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2006-08-13 00:31:17

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A moderate earthquake shook areas along India's northeastern border with Bangladesh early on Sunday, but there were no reports of damage or casualties, the Indian Meteorological Department said. Officials said the 5.0 magnitude quake was recorded at 2:16 a.m. (2046 GMT), with the epicentre in Karimganj district -- 300 km (185 miles) south of Guwahati, the main city in the northeastern Indian state of Assam. (Additional reporting by Biswajyoti Das in GUWAHATI)


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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