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2008-08-10 15:00:38

The undersized, seventh-grade boy slumps in his chair, seething. His minimalist responses are grunts at worst, a mumbled phrase at best. Sometimes he responds merely by glaring into the eyes of the questioner. The adults sigh helplessly. The boy has been arrested for harassing and cyber-bullying a girl who used to be a good friend. When her parents caught him making a threatening phone call, they called the police. They're furious. His dad's pretty upset, too. He's done his best since...


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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