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Apple 50 Billionth App Download
2013-05-16 10:30:05

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online [Update] Apple hit their 50 billionth mark several hours before DeWitt and Macworld´s predictions on Wednesday afternoon. An Ohio man downloaded the lucky 50 billionth app which won him a free $10,000 gift card to the App Store. At just the right time yesterday, Brandon Ashmore downloaded the game “Say the Same Thing” by Space Inch, LLC. This is a free game from the band OK Go which asks two people to...


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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