origin: (15th Century) Welsh Tudors, cock= bird, thrice= three
Dating back to the 15th century Welsh Tudor dynasty, chefs were inspired by mythical and mysterious animals, they decided to make a kind of Frankenstein monster roast by sewing the top of one animal to the bottom of another. Stuff it and roast it for that "thrice" surprise.
Bonus points for including unusual heads and feet, these ideas are being "brought to life" by Richard Fitch, who recreates meals described in historic cookery books; it was recently featured on Heston's Feasts as well. Feeling adventurous? Recipe found here!
origin: (1648) Latin cohort-, cohors= enclosure; eventually French cortège & Italian corteggiare.
If you know how to use this word, it can be a sneaky way to insult someone, for while it's perfectly appropriate to use to describe a procession of people at a ceremony or wedding, it is most often used for the attendants necessary for a funeral; a retinue.