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2008-09-08 12:00:24

By Tom Boncza-Tomaszewski Controversially left off the Man Booker longlist, this brief novel is mercilessly depressing Paperbacks ***** Dreaming Iris By John de Falbe Cuckoo Press 11 Occasionally you read a novel by an author who you know instinctively loves books; someone who has read widely and lovingly, and cares so much for every word he or she commits to paper that the end result will never leave you. John de Falbe is that kind of writer and his third novel is exceptional....


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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