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2008-11-25 13:10:00

British archaeologists used thousands of aerial photos to reveal more than 2,700 unrecorded historic features of Hadrian's Wall in northern England. Among the new features identified by experts from the English Heritage were medieval sheep farms, ancient burial mounds and 19th Century lead mines. The scientists used more than 30,500 pictures taken during the past 60 years as part of an English Heritage initiative to map and interpret England's archaeological sites. The project began in 2002,...


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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