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Archive | Word of the Day

Chicago Skyline Visible from Warren Dunes State Park in Sawyer Michigan Due to Fata Morgana or Mirage Over Lake Michigan

367 An optical phenomenon, known as Fata Morgana or mirage, can occur over the waters of Lake Michigan when rays of light are bent when they pass through air layers of different temperatures in a steep thermal inversion. The thermal inversion or temperature inversion involves cold temperatures near the earth’s surface and warmer temperatures above, […]

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What Is BleachBit; Word of the Day Describes Free, Downloadable Software

39 BleachBit is a free and open-source disk space cleaner, privacy manager, and computer system optimizer that was first released in December 2008. The disk cleaner works on Microsoft Windows and Linux operating systems. Trey Gowdy, a Republican congressman from South Carolina, looked to reignite criticism about Clinton’s handling of emails on a private server […]

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Word of the Day: Acquihire

63 ac·qui·hire ˌakwiˈhīr/ noun 1. an act or instance of buying out a company primarily for the skills and expertise of its staff, rather than for the products or services it supplies. “this would appear to be a straight acquihire to pick up an engineering and product design team” verb 1. buy out (a company) […]

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

54 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! […]

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Word of the Day: STEM Degree

58 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

89 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 […]

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Word of the Day: Tragedy of the Commons

47 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 […]

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Word of the Day: Gauges (Body Piercing)

95 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 […]

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

1,268 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 […]

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

45 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

562 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 […]

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

48 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 […]

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