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- How Well Do You Know The Language Of The US Constitution? September 16, 2019The post How Well Do You Know The Language Of The US Constitution? appeared first on Everything After Z by Dictionary.com.Alexa Lemoine
- Expand Your Vocabulary With This Week’s Quiz! September 15, 2019September 9–September 15, 2019 Hoping to hone your Ciceronian tone? Hop into this week’s Word of the Day Quiz! Don’t forget to tell us your favorite word from this week and share it with your friends on Facebook and Twitter! The post Expand Your Vocabulary With This Week’s Quiz! appeared first on Everything After Z by Dictionary.com.Nick Koch
- What Does “Resilience” Mean, And Why Was It Trending? September 13, 2019All politics, as they say, is personal. That truism definitely rang, well, true in the closing question of the third Democratic debate in Houston, Texas, Thursday, September 12, 2019. One of the moderators, ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, asked the ten candidates on “the quality of resilience.” He went on: Every president confronts crises, defeats, and mistakes […]John Kelly
- Why Is Friday The 13th Unlucky? September 12, 2019Can you honestly say that you’ve never felt a slight pang of concern when waking up on the morning of Friday the 13th? You’re not alone. Maybe it’s triskaidekaphobia, the fear of the number 13, that gets you down. But, if 13s don’t bother you unless it’s Friday, you might be susceptible to what’s sometimes known as paraskevidekatriaphobia or friggatriskaidek […]Dictionary.com
- These Japanese Slang Terms Are “Maji” Amazing September 11, 2019The post These Japanese Slang Terms Are “Maji” Amazing appeared first on Everything After Z by Dictionary.com.Minrose Straussman
- What Are The Right Words To Use When Talking About Suicide September 9, 2019Warning: This article deals with the sensitive topic of suicide. If you (or someone you know) need support, call the toll-free, 24/7 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. You can also text HOME to 741741 for free, which offers 24/7 support from the Crisis Text Line. According to the Centers for Disease Control, in 2016 suicide became the se […]Ashley Austrew
- Embosom Your Inner Word Nerd With This Week’s Quiz! September 8, 2019September 2–September 8, 2019 Your chirography means nothing to us. Now take this week’s Word of the Day Quiz! Don’t forget to tell us your favorite word from this week and share it with your friends on Facebook and Twitter! The post Embosom Your Inner Word Nerd With This Week’s Quiz! appeared first on Everything After Z by Dictionary.com.Nick Koch
- Why Did “Pandemonium” Trend This Week? September 5, 2019In the past few weeks, people lined up at Popeyes, a popular restaurant chain known for its Southern-fried chicken, all over the US to get their hands on a hot and hyped new menu item: a chicken sandwich. On Dictionary.com, meanwhile, we saw our own crowd: searches for pandemonium surged nearly 350% since mid-August, when Popeyes released the sandwich en ma […]John Kelly
- Words Bookworms Mispronounce Because We Read Them First September 5, 2019Anyone who has spent nights during their childhood huddled under a comforter with a flashlight (or more recently a flashlight app) lighting up the splayed pages of a book knows that being a bookworm helps you build the sort of vocabulary that earns you eyerolls on the playground and accolades from the teachers. Yet, dedicated bibliophiles know there’s really […]Jeanne Sager
- Where Did The Word “Pizza” Come From, Anyway? September 5, 2019The origin of the word pizza The word pizza as we now know it is recorded in English in the early 1800s, though early English lexicographer John Florio enters pizza for “a small cake or wafer” in his historically important 1598 Italian-English dictionary. Pizza, of course, is borrowed from Italian, but the deeper ingredients of the word, if you will, are unc […]Dictionary.com
- How Well Do You Know The Language Of The US Constitution? September 16, 2019
- The Siddhis September 18, 2019Siddhi is a Sanskrit term that can be translated as "perfection," "attainment," or "success." It can be any unusual capability and, in some schools of Hinduism and Buddhism, refers to the acquisition of supernatural powers such as clairvoyance, levitation, and bilocation. Some of the many other siddhis include the ability to mat […]
- The Last Meal September 17, 2019Throughout history, prisoners condemned to death have customarily been offered a special "last meal." In premodern Europe, it was a symbolic social act where, by accepting the last meal, the condemned was believed to forgive the executioner, judge, and witnesses. Although alcohol was once used to soothe prisoners and keep them from lashing out duri […]
- The Hungarian Revolution of 1956 September 16, 2019In October 1956, discontented Hungarians—emboldened by a speech in which Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev criticized actions taken by Stalin's regime—began a revolt that quickly spread across the country, toppling the government. However, Western powers failed to respond to appeals for assistance, and the USSR soon invaded and quashed the revolution. Nev […]
- The Siddhis September 18, 2019
- Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Is Formed (1998) September 18, 2019ICANN is a nonprofit corporation that manages domain name systems, the assignment of IP addresses and protocol parameters, and root server systems. The original mandate for ICANN came from a US government proposal to privatize the management of Internet names and addresses to allow for the development of competition and to facilitate global participation in […]
- US Constitution Signed in Philadelphia (1787) September 17, 2019The US Constitution embodies the fundamental principles upon which the American republic is conducted. It was drawn up at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia and signed in 1787, and it was ratified by the required number of states the following year. It superseded the Articles of Confederation in force since 1781 and established the system of feder […]
- Untitled September 16, 2019The Mayflower set sail from England to the New World with 102 passengers and about 25 crew members. After a two-month voyage marked by disease, the ship dropped anchor in Cape Cod Bay. After spending the winter selecting a suitable site for their new colony and drawing up an agreement for its temporary government by the will of the majority—the Mayflower Com […]
- Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Is Formed (1998) September 18, 2019
- Samuel Johnson (1709) September 18, 2019Johnson was a British man of letters and one of the outstanding figures of 18th-century England. In 1755, after eight years of work, he published his monumental Dictionary of the English Language, considered the first great English dictionary. His aphorisms helped make him one of the most frequently quoted English writers. His biography, written by his conte […]
- Maureen Connolly (1934) September 17, 2019Known as "Little Mo," Connolly was one of America's greatest female tennis players. At 14, she became the youngest winner of the National Girl's Tournament. At 16, she became the youngest player to win the US national singles championship and successfully defended the title in the two years that followed. She also won three straight Wimbl […]
- Julia Drusilla (16 CE) September 16, 2019Drusilla was the sister of the Roman Emperor Caligula, a man widely characterized as insane, autocratic, and cruel. Drusilla was reportedly her brother's favorite sibling. During banquets at his residence, she consistently occupied the seat of honor normally reserved for the host's wife and, perhaps because of this practice, was rumored to be Calig […]
- Samuel Johnson (1709) September 18, 2019
- Almabtrieb September 18, 2019The Return from the Mountain Pasture is an autumn festival that takes place around Salzburg, Austria, and other areas in the German Alps on the day that the cattle are driven down from the mountain pastures to their winter shelter. The cattle are decorated with flowers, and the Sennerinnen, or herding girls, who lead them wear traditional costumes that vary […]
- Maafa Commemoration September 17, 2019The Maafa Commemoration is an annual remembrance of the Transatlantic Slave Trade and the experience of Middle Passage. The commemoration, held at the St. Paul Community Baptist Church in Brooklyn, N.Y., centers around a dramatic presentation put on by the church's drama ministry. "The Maafa Suite ... A Healing Journey" depicts the history of […]
- St. Kitts and Nevis National Heroes Day September 16, 2019Saint Kitts and Nevis is an island nation in the West Indies in the Leeward Islands. In 1998, the Saint Kitts and Nevis federal Parliament passed the National Honours Act. Through this act, National Heroes Day was established. On this day, the country honors those who have distinguished themselves for the good of the islands. The first National Heroes Day wa […]
- Almabtrieb September 18, 2019
- counterbalance September 18, 2019Definition: (verb) Oppose and mitigate the effects of by contrary actions. Synonyms: countervail, neutralize, counteract. Usage: That gentleman grew every day fonder of little Tommy, as if he intended to counterbalance his severity to the father with … affection towards the son. Discuss
- dapper September 17, 2019Definition: (adjective) Marked by up-to-dateness in dress and manners. Synonyms: jaunty, natty, raffish, rakish, spiffy, spruce, dashing, snappy. Usage: He smiled pleasantly upon her, looking very dapper in evening dress and a silk hat.
- turndown September 16, 2019Definition: (noun) The act of refusing an offer. Synonyms: nonacceptance. Usage: The turndown was polite but very firm, leaving no doubt that Roger thought our salary proposal was insufficient.
- counterbalance September 18, 2019
- In the News December 13, 2018The news feed is no longer available.
- In the News December 13, 2018
- George Eliot September 18, 2019Do we not all agree to call rapid thought and noble impulse by the name of inspiration? Discuss
- Miguel de Cervantes September 17, 2019That is the natural way of women...to scorn the one that loves them, and love the one that hates them.
- Francis Bacon September 16, 2019Hope is a leaf-joy, which may be beaten out to a great extension, like gold.
- George Eliot September 18, 2019
- Is tourism harmful? September 12, 2019Everyone loves a holiday, but what damage can tourists do? Sam and Rob find out.
- The future of food September 5, 2019Climate change means we might have to change our diets. Let's tuck into some vocabulary.
- Environmentally friendly living August 29, 2019How can you change the way you live to help the environment? Sam and Neil discuss.
- Does your age affect your political views? August 22, 2019Sam and Neil discuss politics and teach you related vocabulary.
- Internet - good or bad? April 26, 2018Rob and Neil discuss some of the advantages and drawbacks of going online
- Is tourism harmful? September 12, 2019