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Humans Mentally Edit Language
2013-04-30 10:20:12

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A new MIT study says people make “mental edits” when interpreting speech and other forms of linguistic input, and seem to use specific strategies for making sense of confusing information. The scientists say these edits are the brain´s way of reducing the “noise” that sometimes interferes with the signals conveyed in language. “Even at the sentence level of language, there is a potential loss of...


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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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