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2008-08-09 18:00:17

FILM star Robert Shaw, pictured, best known for his role in Jaws, will be commemorated today in the small Irish village where he lived and died in 1978. Residents have come together to erect a plaque in memory of the English-born actor and writer who was treated like a local in Lough Mask at Tour-makeady, Co Mayo. (c) 2008 Evening Chronicle - Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Provided by ProQuest Information and Learning. All rights Reserved.


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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