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  • python (programming language)

    a programming language that was used for coding udictio.

  • reno

    the biggest little city in the world. host to hot august nights, a car show event which attracts international visitors.

  • lovestruck

    feeling intense romantic love toward someone

  • users' favorite poems

    i wish i wrote the way i thought
    obsessively
    incessantly
    with maddening hunger
    i’d write to the point of suffocation
    i’d write myself into nervous breakdowns
    manuscripts spiralling out like tentacles into abysmal nothing
    and i’d write about you
    a lot more
    than i should

    - benedict smith

  • teddy bear

    on a hunting trip in 1902, theodore roosevelt refused to shoot a bear cub. reporters made a big story out of it, and an editorial cartoonist drew a picture of the incident. morris michton, a store owner in brooklyn, new york—or his wife-heard about this incident and got the idea of making a cuddly stuffed animal that the michtons named the "teddy bear." the bears were a hit.

  • animal farm

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    one of the most impactful books i have ever read. especially the part in which pigs walking like a human on their two feet. noteworthy.
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    (see: george orwell)

  • benito mussolini

    italian dictator who brought back order in italy using violence and his own private troops. his tyranny gorily ended like other dictatorships.

  • yuval noah harari

    a well-known historian, author from israel. explains everything like you are five. his books can be used as a good incentive in order to encourage high-school students about history.

  • horse

    horses have always been really significant for the turkish people for more than 5000 years. they used to name horses according to their hair color.

  • range anxiety

    range anxiety is a term used to describe the fear that electric vehicles will run out of power before reaching their destination. this fear can be a barrier to the adoption of electric cars, as many people are concerned that they will not be able to find a charging station when they need one.

    one humorous way to explain range anxiety is to compare it to the "quarter panic" that some people experience when using a payphone. just like with a payphone, electric car owners may worry that they will not have enough "juice" to make it to their destination. however, just like with a payphone, there are ways to mitigate this anxiety, such as by planning ahead and checking for charging stations along the route. and just like with a payphone, range anxiety may soon be a thing of the past as technology and infrastructure continue to improve.

  • petite bourgeoisie

    the term "petite bourgeoisie" refers to a social class that occupies a position between the working class and the capitalist class in a capitalist society. it is often used to describe small business owners, self-employed individuals, and professionals who are not part of the capitalist class but who have some level of economic and social power.

    the petite bourgeoisie is characterized by their ownership of small businesses, their relative independence from the capitalist class, and their intermediate social and economic position. they are often seen as being caught between the working class and the capitalist class, with economic and social interests that may not always align with either group.

    examples of the petite bourgeoisie might include small business owners such as sole proprietors, independent contractors, and freelancers. they may own their own businesses, such as a small retail shop or a consulting firm, or they may work for themselves in a trade or profession, such as a lawyer or a dentist. the petite bourgeoisie may also include professionals such as doctors, teachers, and engineers who are not directly involved in the ownership or management of a business but who have a degree of economic and social independence.

    overall, the petite bourgeoisie is a diverse and varied group, and their social and economic position may change over time depending on the success of their businesses and their ability to adapt to changing economic conditions.

  • virtue signaling

    virtue signaling is the act of expressing opinions or actions primarily to show others that you hold certain values, rather than for the purpose of acting on those values. the term often carries a negative connotation, implying that the person engaging in virtue signaling is doing so primarily to enhance their own reputation or social standing, rather than out of genuine conviction.

    the concept of virtue signaling has been around for centuries. one of the earliest examples can be found in the works of the ancient greek philosopher aristotle, who wrote about the concept of "eudaimonia," or human flourishing. aristotle argued that true eudaimonia could only be achieved by living a virtuous life, and that virtue was a habit that could be cultivated through deliberate practice.

    throughout history, people have engaged in various forms of virtue signaling to demonstrate their commitment to certain values or causes. for example, during the 18th century, wealthy europeans would often make donations to charitable causes as a way of signaling their wealth and status. in more recent times, people might use social media to share articles or memes related to a particular cause or issue, or wear clothing or accessories that display symbols or slogans associated with a particular group or movement.

    however, the concept of virtue signaling has also been criticized for being insincere or superficial, with some people arguing that it is used more as a way to gain social approval or to make oneself feel good, rather than as a genuine expression of belief.

  • redneck

    the term "redneck" has a complex and varied history, and its meaning has evolved over time. originally, the term was used to describe poor, white farmers in the southern united states who had sunburned necks from working long hours in the sun.

    in the late 1800s and early 1900s, the term "redneck" was sometimes used as a derogatory term for white people who supported populist or labor movements, particularly in the southern states. it was also used to describe poor, rural whites who were seen as uneducated and uncultured.

    during the mid-1900s, the term "redneck" began to take on a more specific meaning, referring to working-class white people who were perceived as conservative, rural, and often politically reactionary. this usage became more common in the 1960s and 1970s, during the civil rights movement and the vietnam war, when the term was often used to describe white southerners who opposed social and political change.

    today, the term "redneck" is still used in a variety of ways. some people use it as a term of pride, celebrating their rural heritage and working-class roots. others use it as an insult, suggesting that someone is uneducated, close-minded, or backwards. overall, the meaning of the term "redneck" is complex and multifaceted, and it continues to evolve in response to changing social and political contexts.

  • thomas jefferson

    the primary author of the declaration of independence was one of the most brilliant and versatile of the nation's founders. while best known as a political leader and writer, jefferson's curiosity carried him into many different roles: farmer, lawyer, scientist, inventor, architect, linguist, amateur musician, and founder of the library of congress.

    his career in government was also varied diplomat, delegate to congress, and governor of virginia. after the government of the united states was established, he served as secretary of state, vice president, and served two terms as president, from 1801-1809. in spite of his achievements, jefferson was tormented throughout his life by his failure to find a solution to the contradiction of slavery existing in a free society. fearing financial ruin he freed only a few of his own slaves.

    jefferson and his old friend—and former adversary-john adams both died on july 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the declaration of independence!

  • ida b. wells

    journalist ida b. wells-barnett launched a campaign against lynching after a white mob lynched three african americans in 1892 in memphis. she paid a price for her vocal opposition. the newspaper offices where she worked were wrecked and her life was threatened by racists. she moved to new york and then chicago, and continued writing and lecturing about lynching until her death in 1931. with the help of the naacp, the demand for antilynching laws became part of the progressive agenda. although more than 3,000 lynchings had been recorded by the 1920s, southern opposition blocked every anti-lynching bill in congress.