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2007-10-15 12:00:00

By AMANDA REAVY STAFF WRITER If Springfield residents evaluate the need for a second lake, examine other water-supply options and consider the costs, they will realize Hunter Lake is "an irresponsible waste of money," a local citizens group contends. "Water demand has not accelerated at the rate the city expected it to. Secondly, conservation techniques have saved a considerable amount of water. Third, even if we do need additional water, Hunter Lake is the most expensive and most...


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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