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2011-02-09 05:05:00

The U.S. Department of Transportation released results of a ten-month study on Tuesday, which showed that electrical problems were not to blame for the unintended acceleration in Toyota vehicles that prompted the automaker to recall some eight million cars. "Toyota's problems were mechanical, not electrical," said DOT Secretary Ray LaHood as he announced the results of the investigation. The study was "one of the most exhaustive, thorough, and intensive research efforts ever taken," said...


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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