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2009-01-14 14:27:43

A British team has embarked from London for a 3,600-mile journey in a flying car, the Parajet Skycar, to Timbuktu, Mali. Neil Laughton, 45, who is leading the expedition, said the Skycar will drive on roads where available and will fly over the Strait of Gibraltar, the Atlas Mountains in Morocco and the Empty Quarter of the Sahara as it passes through France, Spain, Morocco and Western Sahara on its way to Mali, The Daily Telegraph reported Wednesday. The Skycar, which engineer Giles Cardozo...


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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