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2010-11-22 16:11:00

ASHEVILLE, N.C., Nov. 22, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community will usher in the holidays with its first Lighting of the Green Dec. 4-22, featuring historic homes on campus decorated with conventional lighting as well as energy-efficient lighting provided by the College's Global Institute for Sustainability Technologies (GIST). (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100908/DC61634LOGO) GIST, with a sponsorship from Progress Energy, purchased solar...


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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