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  • Viral used to mean something caused by a virus; now it means a widely-spread web-based phenomenon.

    Dr. Gregory Jantz, Ph.D.: Just Say No to...Vitamins?

  • Viral used to mean something caused by a virus; now it means a widely-spread web-based phenomenon.

    Dr. Gregory Jantz, Ph.D.: Just Say No to...Vitamins?

  • What began as a series of tweets soon grew into a meme (#franzenfreude) and culminated a widely-spread and controversial interview on this website, which was then disseminated and dissected, criticized and applauded around the world.

    Jason Pinter: 12 Game Changers in Publishing

  • What began as a series of tweets soon grew into a meme (#franzenfreude) and culminated a widely-spread and controversial interview on this website, which was then disseminated and dissected, criticized and applauded around the world.

    Jason Pinter: 12 Game Changers in Publishing

  • What began as a series of tweets soon grew into a meme (#franzenfreude) and culminated a widely-spread and controversial interview on this website, which was then disseminated and dissected, criticized and applauded around the world.

    Jason Pinter: 12 Game Changers in Publishing

  • OFA has just released a video that makes use of the widely-spread video clips of conflicts at local events that some might see as evidence of people-powered resistance, and uses it to frame their subjects as same-old, same-old political enemies and, frankly, crazies ...

    Daily Digest | Reimagining 21st Century Citizenship

  • But it has also been a disaster because widely-spread income growth is necessary to provide the demand that fuels long-term economic growth in the entire economy.

    Robert Creamer: America Needs a Strong, Unionized Auto Industry -- That Requires Government Action

  • In these comments, I'm talking about film as evidence of widely-spread unconscious drives, like looking at the grass bending to know if the wind is blowing.

    Hellboy II (2008)

  • As you point out, OED notes that "whence" means "from where," making "use of the preposition FROM redundant...." the rest of the entry explains only that the illiterate malapropism of using "from whence" is widely-spread and that some reputable writers have become reputable even while avoiding using language correctly.

    Obama backtracks on late-term abortions.

  • The widely-spread, widely-repeated -- and consequently widely believed -- smear emails about Obama being a secret Muslim who went to a terrorist training school, burned his flag pin etc. have been "preparing the ground" by "raising questions" that get people ready to give a positive reception to this conspiracy theory.

    "Who Sent You?" -- The Coming Attack on Obama

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