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2009-03-04 06:30:00

Sweden's ozone layer was thicker in February that it has been in decades, according to a report released Tuesday from the Swedish Meteorological Institute (SMHI). The measurements show a dramatic reversal from last year, when the ozone layer was the second-thinnest on record. The institute obtained measurements in February at its station in Norrkoeping, near Stockholm, which showed the ozone layer was 426 Dobson units (DU), the thickest since recordings began there in 1988.  And a record...


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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