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2010-06-21 14:10:00

A baby mammoth named Khoma unearthed by archaeologists in northern Siberia just last year is being sent on its way to Paris to be analyzed. This project may open another window on a distant past that is all too unfamiliar -- what life was like for creatures of that time and the environment they shared with early humans.  Bernard Buigues, a French expert on herbivores who works in close collaboration with Russian authorities, said that Khoma is the oldest of six baby mammoths found in...


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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