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- Savor The JOMO With This Week’s Quiz May 20, 2019Please consent to expanding your vocabulary before proceeding with this week’s Word of the Day Quiz. | May 13 – May 19, 2019 If the quiz doesn’t display, please try opening in the Chrome browser. Interested in Words of the Day from the past? Check out this one that we brought to life … Tell us your favorite word from this week below (and … The post Savor T […]Nick Koch
- The Important Rise Of “#DemThrones” May 17, 2019by Kimberly C. Ellis, PhD I remember that Sunday so clearly. I saw something called “#RedWedding” trending on Twitter and when I clicked on the hashtag, I discovered it was related to the hit television show Game of Thrones already into its third season. I decided that night I would find out about the show, watch it for the first time, and learn about this R […]John Kelly
- The Most Surprisingly Serendipitous Words Of The Day May 17, 2019We’re back celebrating our Word of the Day’s birthday! Because there’s plenty left to reminisce about from the last 10 years. In Part II of our lexical stroll down memory lane (see Part I, 1999–2008, here), we will be examining word selections from 2009–2018, unearthing serendipitous synchronicities and offering perspicacious perspectives into notable events […]Renae Hurlbutt
- We’re All Guilty Of Whataboutism: Here’s Why May 16, 2019Attention World: Your Favorite Comeback Sucks There are all sorts of retorts people resort to when criticized or called out for a mistake or wrongdoing of some kind. (Heaven forbid anyone just say, “I’m sorry. I was wrong,” anymore.) One of the most maddening kinds is increasingly being referred to as whataboutism. You know it when you hear it. “Hey, weren’t […]Dictionary.com
- What Are The Right Words To Use When Talking About Suicide May 15, 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
- Should We Use Emoji In Work Emails? May 14, 2019A few decades ago, if you told someone that people would soon be sending one another electronic messages full of cartoon smiley faces, they would have looked at you like, well, 🙃. But, the future is now, and we do indeed send each other emails, texts, and tweets all day long that contain hearts and sparkles, crying faces and laughing faces, and all sorts of […]Ashley Austrew
- Sharpen Your Perspicacity With This Week’s Quiz May 13, 2019Shoo away that popinjay and cozy up to this week’s Word of the Day Quiz. | May 6– May 12, 2019 If the quiz doesn’t display, please try opening in the Chrome browser. Interested in Words of the Day from the past? Check out this one that we brought to life … Tell us your favorite word from this week below (and share it … The post Sharpen Your Perspicacity Wi […]Nick Koch
- What Word Is Your State Looking Up On Mother’s Day? May 9, 2019By now, we trust you’re not looking up when Mother’s Day is. Surely you’re just consulting the dictionary for the perfect words to grace your mother’s card, right? Well, the numbers don’t lie—and especially not to mothers. Our Data Scientists analyzed what users looked up on Dictionary.com on Mother’s Day in 2018 and found these as the top trends by state. T […]John Kelly
- Terms That Twitter And YouTube Created May 9, 2019The post Terms That Twitter And YouTube Created appeared first on Everything After Z by Dictionary.com.Minrose Straussman
- 13 Funny Quotes That’ll Make Your Day May 8, 2019The post 13 Funny Quotes That’ll Make Your Day appeared first on Everything After Z by Dictionary.com.Dictionary.com
- Savor The JOMO With This Week’s Quiz May 20, 2019
- The Giant Impact Hypothesis May 21, 2019The giant impact hypothesis—the favored scientific hypothesis for the formation of the Moon—proposes that the Moon was created from the debris of a collision between a young Earth and a Mars-sized celestial body. Evidence for the hypothesis includes Moon samples indicating that its surface was once molten, the Moon's apparently relatively small iron cor […]
- Giant Sea Scorpions May 20, 2019Eurypterids are members of an extinct order of arthropods that lived approximately 505 to 245 million years ago. Frequently referred to as giant scorpions, most eurypterids were small, although Pterygotus buffaloenis, a species from the Silurian period, was the largest arthropod ever known, reaching a length of about 10 ft (3 m). Living in brackish waters, s […]
- Tissue Engineering May 19, 2019Tissue engineering is the development of biological substitutes to repair or replace damaged tissue or organs. It is an interdisciplinary field based on life science and engineering principles and relies on the use of living cells as engineering materials. The process begins with the extraction and cultivation of cells, which may later be transferred to a sc […]
- The Giant Impact Hypothesis May 21, 2019
- Island of Saint Helena Discovered (1502) May 21, 2019The uninhabited island of St. Helena was discovered by Portuguese navigator João da Nova in the eastern South Atlantic, 1,200 mi (1,931 km) west of Africa. It became a port of call for ships sailing between Europe and the East Indies and was annexed by the British East India Company in 1659. Because of the island's remoteness, when the British exiled Na […]
- Untitled May 20, 2019Shakespeare penned 154 sonnets in his lifetime. Likely written sometime in the 1590s, the majority of the poems were first published in a 1609 work titled Shake-Speares Sonnets. The first 126 of the 154 sonnets are addressed to a young man whose identity has long intrigued scholars. The publisher, Thomas Thorpe, wrote a dedication to the first edition in whi […]
- Marilyn Monroe sings "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" (1962) May 19, 2019In 1962, US President John F. Kennedy's birthday was celebrated with a lavish party at Madison Square Garden in New York City. During the event, Monroe took the stage and delivered a sultry version of "Happy Birthday," substituting "Mr. President" for Kennedy's name, a gesture that has served to fuel the persistent rumors that s […]
- Island of Saint Helena Discovered (1502) May 21, 2019
- Elizabeth Fry (1780) May 21, 2019Fry was an English prison reformer as well as an advocate of higher nursing standards and the education of working women. From 1813, she worked untiringly to improve the conditions for women in Newgate prison, advocating separation of the sexes, employment, and religious training. Her successful methods at Newgate impressed the government and were tried in o […]
- Dolley Madison (1768) May 20, 2019Dolley Madison was the wife of US President James Madison, whom she married in 1794, after the death of her first husband. Noted for her magnificence as a hostess as well as for her charm, Dolley was an extremely popular first lady and was a great asset to Madison's political career. During the War of 1812, she saved many state papers and a portrait of […]
- Johns Hopkins (1795) May 19, 2019Hopkins, a US merchant and financier, worked with an uncle as a wholesale grocer before going into business with his brothers in 1819. As he continued to prosper, his interests diversified into banking, insurance companies, steamship lines, and railroads. In his will, he set aside $7 million—the largest philanthropic bequest in US history at the time—for the […]
- Elizabeth Fry (1780) May 21, 2019
- Chile Battle of Iquique Day May 21, 2019This national holiday in Chile is often called Dia de las Glorias Navales ("The Day of the Glorious Navy"). From 1879 to 1881, the Chilean navy fought an alliance of Peru and Bolivia in the War of the Pacific. The Chilean victory in the Battle of Iquique on May 21, 1879 was a turning point in a war that Chile eventually won decisively. The holiday […]
- Cameroon National Day May 20, 2019National Day is a public holiday commemorating the people's vote to establish a united Republic of Cameroon on May 20, 1972. This day is also known as Constitution Day.
- Pied Piper Open Air Theater May 19, 2019This dramatization of the Pied Piper of Hamelin is presented on an open-air stage in Hamelin (or Hameln), Germany. According to the legend, in 1284 Hamelin was infested with rats. A stranger promised to free the town of vermin if they would pay him. The town agreed, and the piper led the rats to the Weser River where they were drowned. When the citizens refu […]
- Chile Battle of Iquique Day May 21, 2019
- pommel May 21, 2019Definition: (verb) Strike, usually with the fist. Synonyms: biff. Usage: Arthur now uses the school's back entrance because bullies are often loitering in the front, waiting to pommel him in the face. Discuss
- luster May 20, 2019Definition: (noun) The visual property of something that shines with reflected light. Synonyms: sheen, shininess. Usage: Distant masses of plants and flowers, mingled in ever-varying forms of beauty, are touched by the melancholy luster of the rising moon.
- abductor May 19, 2019Definition: (noun) Someone who unlawfully seizes and detains a victim (usually for ransom). Synonyms: kidnapper, snatcher. Usage: Until dark the Englishman searched the nearby jungle for a trace of the missing one or a sign of the trail of her abductor.
- pommel May 21, 2019
- In the News December 13, 2018The news feed is no longer available.
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- Rudyard Kipling May 21, 2019I keep six honest serving-men(They taught me all I knew);Their names are What and Why and WhenAnd How and Where and Who. Discuss
- Mark Twain May 20, 2019Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.
- Mark Twain May 19, 2019Truth is the most valuable thing we have. Let us economize it.
- Rudyard Kipling May 21, 2019
- Being slim: Is it in our genes? May 16, 2019Neil and Dan talk about diets and serve you a tasty helping of vocabulary.
- Can we trust a smart speaker? May 9, 2019These devices listen to our every command. But when does 'listening' become 'spying'?
- Evolution and anxiety May 2, 2019Has anxiety been good for humans?
- The rise of the comfy shoe April 25, 2019Forget high heels - the comfortable shoe is becoming acceptable in formal settings.
- Internet - good or bad? April 26, 2018Rob and Neil discuss some of the advantages and drawbacks of going online
- Being slim: Is it in our genes? May 16, 2019