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2008-08-07 06:00:27

By Ed Bumgardner, Winston-Salem Journal, N.C. Aug. 7--Bassist Michael Lachowski knows that his band Pylon, along with pals The B-52s and R.E.M., helped make Athens, Ga., the center of the alternative-rock universe. He also is quick to point out that Pylon, unlike the other two bands, was never really geared toward immersing itself into the dubious inner-workings of show business that brought about fame and fortune. The band formed in 1979 and split in 1983 when it decided that making...


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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