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2006-02-17 18:49:26

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - School officials and police said they were baffled on Friday over the sudden death of a 14-year-old girl who lost consciousness after being tossed into the air at cheerleading practice. Shauna Stuewe, a freshman at Esperanza High School in Anaheim, had just been twirled in the air by teammates when she complained of feeling dizzy and collapsed on Wednesday. She was pronounced dead at a local hospital after suffering cardiac arrest. "We did perform an autopsy,...


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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