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2008-07-29 03:01:00

By Anonymous Howard Rheingold is a writer, technology theorist, and online community builder. He cofounded the groundbreaking Web site hotWired in 1994 and is the author of numerous books, including Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution. His online home is Rheingold.com. seesmic.com Seesmic is a fascinating, time-consuming, and amusing technology that is pioneering online threaded-video conversations. In the same manner that chat boards work, users will be able to start their own video...


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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