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2012-08-07 20:44:57

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online If you are freaked out by the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's graphic anti-smoking ads on television, then prepare for more goosebumps. The federal government said that this round of television ads worked so well that it plans to do another round next year, USA Today reported. The ads ran for 12 weeks in spring and early summer, featuring smokers who have had the worst of the worst dealt to them due to their...

English Language Evolution Has Slowed
2012-07-30 05:23:40

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online OMG! The English language is, like, totally changing less quickly than it did during the 16th and 17th centuries and stuff! All kidding aside, a new study published in the latest edition of the Journal of the Royal Society Interface has discovered that an increasing amount of the most popular terms and phrases are remaining in heavy use for multiple decades instead of having a more limited shelf life, according to a Friday article...

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2012-07-26 05:45:37

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Times are tough. Job opportunities are low. Financial costs are high. While many adults must face the difficulties of the recession, the fallout of the recession has also affected children and young adults. A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation found that the well-being of U.S. children, particularly in their family life, education, and health, has been impacted. According to USA Today, the report compiled data from...


Word of the Day
sough
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'
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