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2009-03-02 07:00:00

Belgian archaeologists have rediscovered a 3,500-year-old tomb that belonged to an Egyptian pharonic official. The tomb was lost under sand decades after it was first discovered. Swedish Egyptologist Karl Piehl first discovered the tomb in 1880. The tomb belonged to Amenhotep, the deputy seal-bearer of the Pharaoh King Tuthmosis III, in the city of Luxor, about 600 km (375 miles) south of the capital Cairo. "It later disappeared under the sand and archaeologists kept looking for it to...


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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