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2008-06-19 12:01:05

By Robert Boyer, Times-News, Burlington, N.C. Jun. 19--The Alamance County Board of Health has, for now, resolved the question of how to handle the records of Health Department clients who go by more than one name, but only after a lengthy debate and some compromise. The debate was over, in large part, whether such aliases are part of a client's medical records. The compromise centered on whether such information should be reported to authorities to determine whether illegal immigrants...


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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