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2009-03-08 21:50:00

A fifth grader in California has inspired Arizona legislation to give the state an official nickname, state officials said. Tori Smith, 11, of San Luis Obispo, Calif., discovered in her research for a school project that Arizona does not have an official moniker, The Arizona Republic reported Sunday. I couldn't find when Arizona got its nickname, said Smith, who wrote a report on what is commonly referred to as the Grand Canyon State. But the nickname was not official, and the state has...


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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