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List of Banished Words for 2012 Courtesy of Lake Superior State Univesity

Here is the Lake Superior State University 2012 List of Banished Words AMAZING “The word has been overused to describe things only slightly better than mundane. I blame Martha Stewart because to her, EVERYTHING is amazing! It has lost its ‘wow factor’ and has reached ‘epic’ proportions of use. It’s gone ‘viral,’ I say! ‘I’m […]

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Word of the Day: STEM Degree

The acronym STEM represents a degree involving science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The STEM fields are those academic and professional disciplines that fall under the umbrella areas represented by the the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

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Word of the Day: Scraper Website

A scraper website is a web site that copies content from another website. Occasionally, just a page is ‘scraped’ from another website and used illegally in another website. Scraper sites often add their own ads to the copied web pages after deleting the ad code from the copied web pages. Often the scraper websites will […]

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Word of the Day: Tragedy of the Commons

The tragedy of the commons is a dilemma arising from the situation in which multiple individuals, acting independently, and solely and rationally consulting their own self-interest, will ultimately deplete a shared limited resource even when it is clear that it is not in anyone’s long-term interest for this to happen. This dilemma was first described […]

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Word of the Day: Gauges (Body Piercing)

Chances are you’ve walked into a Best Buy or a cell phone store or some kind ‘hip’ store and a store staffer has walked up to you with giant holes in his ear lobes. You probably pretend not to notice at first — like its no big deal because you’re hip, too. But then you […]

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Fire Department/Emergency Medical Service Triage Tags: Red, Yellow, Green, Black, White

Chicago Fire Department and area suburban fire departments, including Arlington Heights Fire Department, use color coded tags to triage victims for treatment and transportation demands. RED TAGS – IMMEDIATE ADVANCED LIFE SUPPORT REQUIRED for victims who cannot survive without immediate treatment and have a chance of survival. YELLOW TAGS – Victims are treated and under […]

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Word of the Day: ‘o.O’ is Skeptical Shock

Call it a smiley or emoticon. Here’s a communication expressing shock, puzzlement, misunderstanding, raised eyebrow, and skepticism in online chatting, e-mail and Facebook communications, etc. Other variations … o.o, O.O, O.o, or o.O o.o , o.O , O.o , o_o , o_O , O_o , 0.o , o.0 , o_0 , 0_o , 0.0 , […]

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Word of the Day: PTR Warrant

PTR stands for Petition to Revoke, which in Cook County occurs as a result of a violation of probation or VOP. If a person violates the terms of their probation, the State’s Attorney, prosecutor or probation department may file a Petition to Revoke Probation (PTR) and ask the court to issue a warrant for your […]

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Word of the Day: ‘Meritocracy’ and Regarding Obama, MSNBC Chris Matthews Doesn’t “Sense Executive Command”

MSNBC Trashes Obama’s Address: Compared to Jimmy Carter, ‘I Don’t Sense Executive Command’ AND enough MERITOCRACY to make you barf. Why does he (Obama) continue to say that the Secretary of Energy has a Nobel prize? … I’d barf if he’d do it one more time. — Chris Matthews, MSNBC Meritocracy is a system of […]

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Hot for Words: Why do all Russian Female tennis players have last names ending in -ova?

Marina Orlova explains the origin of the word filibuster. Who is the YouTube ‘Hot for Words’ girl? Marina Orlova (born 10 December 1980) is a Russian philologist, etymologist, and author who has become an Internet celebrity, hosting one of the most popular channels on YouTube, HotForWords, and a corresponding website. She also hosts a bi-weekly […]

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Hot for Words: Filibuster

Marina Orlova explains the origin of the word filibuster. Who is the YouTube ‘Hot for Words’ girl? Marina Orlova (born 10 December 1980) is a Russian philologist, etymologist, and author who has become an Internet celebrity, hosting one of the most popular channels on YouTube, HotForWords, and a corresponding website. She also hosts a bi-weekly […]

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Hot for Words: Lesbos and Lesbians

Here is the origin of the terms Lesbian, Lesbianism and Sapphism. Marina Orlova goes into more detail this time around. Who is the YouTube ‘Hot for Words’ girl? Marina Orlova (born 10 December 1980) is a Russian philologist, etymologist, and author who has become an Internet celebrity, hosting one of the most popular channels on […]

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