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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
rubicon n
  1. A limit that when exceeded, or an action that when taken, cannot be reversed.
  2. (card games) Especially in bezique and piquet: a score which, if not achieved by a losing player, increases the player's penalty.

rubicon v

  1. (transitive, card games) Especially in bezique and piquet: to defeat a player who has not achieved the rubicon.

PointingHand.svg Today is Festa della Repubblica or Republic Day, Italy’s national day.

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Word of the day for June 6
polemology n
  1. The study of human conflict and war.

PointingHand.svg Today is the 75th anniversary of D-Day on 6 June 1944, the start of the Allied invasion of Normandy, France, during World War II that laid the foundations for the Allied victory on the Western Front.

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Word of the day for June 8
polynya n
  1. (hydrology, oceanography) A naturally formed area of open water surrounded by sea ice, especially in the Arctic.

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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Word of the day for June 9
hobnob v
  1. (intransitive, obsolete, rare) To have or have not; to give or take.
  2. (intransitive, obsolete) To toast one another by touching glasses.
  3. (intransitive) To drink together.
  4. (intransitive) To associate with in a friendly manner, often with those of a higher class or status.
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Word of the day for June 11
fossick v
  1. (intransitive) To be troublesome.
  2. (intransitive, Australia, Britain, New Zealand) To search for something; to rummage.
    1. (intransitive, Australia, Britain, New Zealand, specifically) To elicit information; to ferret out. [from mid 19th c.]
    2. (intransitive, Australia, Britain, New Zealand, specifically) To search for gems, gold, etc., on the surface or in abandoned workings.
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liminal adj
  1. Of or pertaining to an entrance or threshold.
  2. Of or pertaining to a beginning or first stage of a process.
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Word of the day for June 15
lion's share n
  1. (idiomatic) The majority; a large or generous portion.

PointingHand.svg The animated movie The Lion King premiered on this day 25 years ago in 1994.

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Word of the day for June 16
winsome adj
  1. Charming, engaging, winning; inspiring approval and trust, especially if in an innocent manner.
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Word of the day for June 17
gastrodiplomacy n
  1. A type of cultural diplomacy where relations between representatives of different cultures are improved by the means of gastronomy and the promotion of national cuisines.

PointingHand.svg Today is the eve of Sustainable Gastronomy Day, which is designated by the United Nations to highlight the role that gastronomy can play in promoting sustainable development.

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Word of the day for June 18
meet one's Waterloo v
  1. To be decisively defeated by an encounter with a powerful opponent or a problem that is too difficult.

PointingHand.svg The Battle of Waterloo, which marked the end of the Napoleonic Wars after Napoleon Bonaparte was defeated by armies of Britain and Prussia, took place on this day in 1815.

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Word of the day for June 20
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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Word of the day for June 21
ski-through adj
  1. (skiing) Of a ski lodge or other hotel establishment: providing skiers with the service of transporting their equipment, luggage, and vehicles to other establishments so they can ski directly to those establishments.
  2. (skiing) Of a restaurant, shop, or other establishment or facility: providing service to skiers while they are still wearing their skis.

PointingHand.svg In the Southern Hemisphere according to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), the winter solstice falls on this day in 2019.

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Word of the day for June 22
lorry n
  1. (road transport, Britain) A motor vehicle for transporting goods; a truck.
  2. (dated) A barrow or truck for shifting baggage, as at railway stations.
  3. (dated) A small cart or wagon used on the tramways in mines to carry coal or rubbish.
  4. (obsolete) A large, low, horse-drawn, four-wheeled wagon without sides; also, a similar wagon modified for use on railways.
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machicolation n
  1. (architecture) An opening between corbels that support a projecting parapet, or in the floor of a gallery or the roof of a portal, of a fortified building from which missiles can be shot or heated items dropped upon assailants attacking the base of the walls.
  2. (architecture) A projecting parapet with a series of such openings.
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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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Word of the day for June 26
moiety n
  1. A half.
  2. A share or portion, especially a smaller share.
  3. (anthropology) Each descent group in a culture which is divided exactly into two descent groups.
  4. (chemistry) A specific segment of a molecule.
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Word of the day for June 27
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, members of the LGBT community refused to cooperate or go with police who raided the Stonewall Inn in New York City, beginning spontaneous, violent demonstrations now known as the Stonewall riots, a key moment in the fight for LGBT rights in the US.

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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
pulse-pounding adj
  1. That increases the heartbeat rate, especially as a result of excitement or fear.
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