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2009-07-14 10:08:08

Physicists from Canada, France and Britain studying so-called washboard road ripples say their findings might eliminate bumpy vehicle rides. The researchers said they discovered ripples appear even when the springy suspension of a car and the rolling shape of a wheel are eliminated. To understand the washboard road effect, we tried to find the simplest instance of it, University of Toronto physicist, Stephen Morris, a member of the research team, said. "We built lab experiments in which we...


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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