trillian feature

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Since I'm stuck on my PC this week, I've been using Trillian as my IM client. It's a really nice multi-protocol client, so I can use it for AOL, Yahoo, and MSN IM, as well as IRC.

What I didn't realize until today is that it also does automatic lookup of words and phrases in your text in the Wikipedia. So today when I was chatting with someone about when the social computing symposium starts, it highlighted the word symposium for me--and displayed this definition when I rolled over the highlighted word:

Originally, the term symposium referred to a drinking party; the Greek verb "sympotein" means "to drink together". The term has since come to refer to any academic conference, irrespective of drinking. We have literary depictions of symposia in the sympotic elegies of Theognis of Megara, as well as in two Socratic dialogues, Plato's Symposium and Xenophon's Symposium.

Hmmm. I kind of like the original definition.

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I think that's my favorite feature of Trillian. Some of the words that it looks up are really great :-)

If someone were to ever type "fo shizzle" to you, Trillian would pull this from Wikipedia:
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The term 'shizzle' originally spawned the use of 'izzle' as a suffix for words. While used in its purest form and true meaning as listed above, izzle as a suffix was rarely used with exceptions occurring in a song now and then. But as the pop and rap scene were particularly successful at said point, with the origin of "wasup" near that time, the phrase became quite popular, and those who heard the phrase, not understanding its meaning, often misenterpreted it, and further spread it without fully understanding it. Generally, when misinterpreted, it is seen as a rude sexual term, in general public stereotypical association of rap culture with vulgarity. The truth is far more tame. The suffix 'izzle' was used multiple times in tv advertisements and in general casual conversation as a joke for quite some time, until the novelty of being able to joke about one's inactivity in the rap scene wore off. Today the phrase is still commonly recognized, still commonly misunderstood, but today with much less enthusiasm.

And wow, we've all learned something new!

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