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2011-03-30 10:30:00

HAMPTON, Va., March 30, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Christopher R. Fuller, the Roanoke Electric Steel Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech, is the newly appointed Samuel P. Langley Professor of Engineering at the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA). (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The Langley Professorship, which is funded by NASA's Langley Research Center also in Hampton, is dedicated to a Virginia Tech faculty member who works at 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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