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2008-09-25 15:00:00

By CLARE WEIR THE strike shutdown at City of Derry airport next week - at the height of the holiday season -prompted fears of chaos for tourists today. Despite last-minute negotiations last night, no agreement could be reached between council and union representatives and services have been suspended from midnight on Tuesday until midnight on Thursday. A Derry City Council spokeswoman said that it had made a strong case to representatives from the Unite union to make council staff who...


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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