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2008-08-21 03:00:41

By Anna L. Mallory anna.mallory@roanoke.com 381-8627 Each of Montgomery County's schools will be accredited, according to preliminary Standards of Learning test results handed to school board members Tuesday, although whether each school will make the federal government's benchmarks for "adequate yearly progress" is still in the air. This is the first time all the county's schools have been accredited. The state hands out five different accreditation ratings based on how well...


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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