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2011-05-25 08:30:00

NEW YORK, May 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Scholastic, the global children's publishing education and media company, today announced that 43 U.S. Governors' Spouses (to date) have signed on as "Reading Ambassadors," to encourage children in their states to read more books this summer, a proven way for students to maintain their reading skills while they are out of school for summer vacation. This is the third year of their involvement as part of the Scholastic Summer Challenge(TM), and the...


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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