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2011-06-08 20:38:28

On 4 August next year, it will be 100 years since Raoul Wallenberg was born. Lars Brink, a PhD student in ethnology in the Department of Cultural Sciences, intends to mark the occasion by presenting his research results on the personal development and experiences of the young Wallenberg. "I wish to show that the humanist education Raoul Wallenberg received was significant in what he did later, first as a trainer of Home Guard soldiers and then as a diplomat in Hungary," says Brink. Two years...


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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