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2005-12-15 17:57:53

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The remains of a U.S. Navy seaman, killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and since dug up twice, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial, the Pentagon said on Thursday. Seaman 2nd Class Warren Hickock of Kalamazoo, Michigan, was assigned to the mine-laying ship USS Sicard at the time but was believed to have been killed while doing temporary duty aboard the ill-fated battleship USS Pennsylvania. In the...


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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