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2008-09-01 18:00:19

Text of report by state-owned Namibian newspaper New Era website on 1 September [Report by Charles Tjatindi: "Mining Puts Water Supply in Tight Squeeze"] WALVIS BAY While Namibia largely benefits from uranium and other mining, these economic activities put a strain on the country's supply of vital services such as water. In a presentation given recently by one of the country's foremost experts on water issues Piet Heyns, it came to light that the imminent development of uranium mines...


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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