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2008-08-01 15:00:28

A melting glacier and flash flooding fears at a Canadian park on Baffin Island forced officials to evacuate tourists and declare much of the area off-limits. The Auyuittuq National Park on the island's northeast coast recently witnessed record-breaking warmth and substantial amounts of rain, Parks Canada spokeswoman Pauline Scott told Canwest News Service. This summer's events are beyond anything we're used to, Scott said from Iqualuit, Nunavut. This is no doubt a result of climate...


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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