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Word of the day for June 1
boardwalk n
  1. A slightly elevated path for pedestrians over sandy or swampy ground, typically made out of wood; specifically (Canada, US) one running alongside a body of water or beach.
PointingHand.svg The pop songUnder the Boardwalk” by Kenny Young and Arthur Resnick and recorded by The Drifters was released this month in 1964.

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Word of the day for June 2
inthronization n
  1. (archaic) Enthronement.
PointingHand.svg Today in 2018 is the 65th anniversary of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom in 1953.

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bigly adv
  1. (now rare, modern uses nonstandard) Strongly, with great force.
  2. (now rare) In a blustering or boastful manner; haughtily, pompously.
PointingHand.svg The fantasy comedy film Big was released on this date in 1988.

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nepenthes n
  1. A drug mentioned in Homer's Odyssey (c. 8th century B.C.E.) as bringing relief from anxiety or grief; hence, any drug or substance seen as bringing welcome forgetfulness or relief.
  2. A Southeast Asian carnivorous plant of the genus Nepenthes; a monkey cup or tropical pitcher plant.

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Word of the day for June 5
gelbstoff n
  1. (hydrology, oceanography) The optically measurable component of dissolved organic matter in water, which primarily occurs naturally from tannin released from decaying detritus. As the amount of organic matter increases, it causes the water to appear green, yellow-green, and then brown.
PointingHand.svg Today is World Environment Day, which is recognized by the United Nations to promote worldwide awareness and action of the need to protect the environment.

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Word of the day for June 6
enemy line n
  1. (military) The line of battle of one's enemy.
  2. (military, also figuratively, by extension, usually in the plural) The boundary of the territory controlled by the enemy.
PointingHand.svg The Invasion of Normandy during World War II began on this day in 1944.

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eustasy n
  1. A worldwide change in sea level, especially one caused by melting ice or tectonic activity.
PointingHand.svg Today is World Oceans Day, a day recognized by the United Nations to highlight the importance of conserving and protecting the world’s oceans.

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bah humbug interj
  1. (humorous) Expressing cynicism, disillusionment or distrustfulness; and specifically a dislike of Christmas and its celebrations and festivities.
PointingHand.svg English author Charles Dickens, whose 1843 novella A Christmas Carol featured the character Ebenezer Scrooge who hates Christmas and calls it a “humbug”, died on this day in 1870.

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hung parliament n
  1. (government, politics) A parliament in which no single political party has an outright majority.
PointingHand.svg The general election in the United Kingdom that took place on 8 June 2017 resulted in a hung parliament.

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shoefie n
  1. (photography, slang, neologism) A photograph of one's own shoes taken while one is wearing them.
PointingHand.svg On this day 20 years ago in 1997, the first photographs known to have been shared on a public network using a mobile phone were sent by technology innovator Philippe Kahn using a phone he had jury-rigged with a digital camera. The photographs were of his newborn daughter Sophie.

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leapfrog v
  1. (transitive) To jump over some obstacle, as in the game of leapfrog.
  2. (transitive) To overtake.
  3. (intransitive) To progress.
  4. (transitive, chiefly Britain, law) Of a case: to appeal or allow to be appealed directly to a supreme court, bypassing an intermediate appellate court.
  5. (transitive, military) To advance by engaging the enemy with one unit while another moves further forward.

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move the goalposts v
  1. (idiomatic) To alter the terms of an agreement or an agreed target, or the rules of a negotiation while it is ongoing, especially in an unfair way.
PointingHand.svg The 2018 FIFA World Cup begins today in Moscow, Russia.

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logion n
  1. (theology) A traditional saying of a religious leader.
  2. (specifically, Christianity) A saying that is attributed to Jesus but which is not in the Bible.
PointingHand.svg Today is Corpus Christi in 2017, a festival honouring the Eucharist observed by the Roman Catholic Church and other Christian denominations.

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rent-seeking n
  1. (economics) The attempt to profit by manipulating the economic or political environment, for example, by seeking subsidies.

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pleasing fungus beetle n
  1. Any beetle of the family Erotylidae, commonly feeding on fungi.
PointingHand.svg National Insect Week in the United Kingdom, a biennial event organized by the Royal Entomological Society, takes place from 18 to 24 June 2018.

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Word of the day for June 18
zongzi n
  1. A traditional Chinese dumpling of glutinous rice stuffed with a savoury or sweet filling, wrapped in large flat leaves, and cooked by steaming or boiling.
PointingHand.svg Duanwujie (端午節 (Duānwǔjié)) or the Dragon Boat Festival falls on this day in 2018, the fifth day of the fifth lunar month of the Chinese calendar. It is traditional to enjoy zongzi on this day.

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anomaloscope n
  1. (ophthalmology) An instrument used to test for color blindness by measuring quantitative and qualitative anomalies in color perception.
PointingHand.svg German physiologist Willibald A. Nagel, who invented the anomaloscope, was born on this day in 1870.

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barcarole n
  1. (music) A Venetian folk song traditionally sung by gondoliers, often in 68 or 128 time with alternating strong and weak beats imitating a rowing motion.
  2. (music) A piece of music composed in imitation of such a song.
PointingHand.svg German-born French composer Jacques Offenbach was born on this day in 1819. His duetBelle nuit, ô nuit d’amour” (“Beautiful Night, O Night of Love”), known simply as the Barcarolle, from his last and unfinished opera The Tales of Hoffmann, is said to be the most famous barcarole ever written.

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melomaniac n
  1. One with an abnormal fondness of music; a person who loves music.
PointingHand.svg The Fête de la Musique (also known as World Music Day), which originated in France in 1982 and is now celebrated around the world, takes place today on the June solstice.

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lagniappe n
  1. (Louisiana, Mississippi, Trinidad and Tobago, uncommon) An extra or unexpected gift or benefit, such as that given to customers when they purchase something.

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linocut n
  1. (art, printing) A type of woodcut in which a block of linoleum is used for the relief surface; the design cut into the block.

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drayage n
  1. Transportation by dray.
  2. (by extension) The transport of goods over a short distance, particularly from a terminal such as an ocean port to another destination, usually as part of a longer transportation of the goods.
  3. A fee paid for the provision of such transportation.

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Word of the day for June 25
today is a good day to die proverb
  1. An expression of willingness, even eagerness, to give one's life for a cause.
  2. An expression indicating that one should not live with any regrets, or tasks left undone.
PointingHand.svg The Oglala Lakota chief Low Dog, who was reported to have first used the phrase “this is a good day to die”, fought in the Battle of the Little Bighorn which started on this day in 1876.

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Georgian adj
  1. [] Of, from, or characteristic of the reigns of Kings George I and George II of Great Britain, and George III and George IV of the United Kingdom (1714–1830).
PointingHand.svg George IV of the United Kingdom died on this day in 1830, bringing the Georgian era to an end.

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latter-day adj
  1. Modern, recent.
PointingHand.svg Joseph Smith, Jr., the founder of Mormonism and the Latter-day Saint movement, died on this day in 1844.

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Word of the day for June 28
stonewall v
  1. (transitive) To obstruct.
  2. (intransitive, informal) To refuse to answer or cooperate, especially in supplying information.
PointingHand.svg On this day in 1969, a police raid at the Stonewall Inn in New York City, New York, USA, led to spontaneous, violent demonstrations by members of the LGBT community, now known as the Stonewall riots. The event is regarded as a key moment in the fight for LGBT rights in the United States.

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Word of the day for June 29
abiogenesis n
  1. (evolutionary theory) The origination of living organisms from lifeless matter; such genesis as does not involve the action of living parents; spontaneous generation.
PointingHand.svg English biologist Thomas Henry Huxley, who coined the words biogenesis and abiogenesis, died on this day in 1895.

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Word of the day for June 30
kohl n
  1. A dark powder (usually powdered antimony) used as eye makeup, especially in Eastern countries; stibnite.

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