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2011-02-14 08:00:00

Energy drinks such as Red Bull and Full Throttle apparently do not benefit consumers the way that they claim to, and could be harmful to younger children, according to the findings of a new study published online in the journal Pediatrics on Monday. In their study, University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine Chair of Pediatrics Steven Lipshultz and his colleagues reviewed more than 120 different scientific studies, government reports, and media sources regarding energy drinks,...

Word of the Day
  • 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.'