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Stephen Hawking Among Those Calling For Pardon Of Alan Turing
2012-12-15 06:49:24

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Professor Stephen Hawking is among those calling upon British Prime Minister David Cameron to pardon Alan Turing, the mathematician and computer scientist who was instrumental in the breaking of the Enigma code during World War II but was later found guilty of violating laws banning homosexuality. Hawking, Astronomer Royal Lord Rees, Royal Society President Sir Paul Nurse, and eight other prominent figures signed a letter sent to...


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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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