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Words of the Week are Rubicon, Disport, Ghrelin, Rubbish, Polemology, Merit, and Polynya.
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rubicon , n :
A limit that when exceeded, or an action that when taken, cannot be reversed. (card games) Especially in bezique and piquet: a score which, if not achieved by a losing player, increases the player’s penalty. rubicon v (transitive, card games) Especially in bezique and piquet: to defeat a player who has not achieved the rubicon. Today is Festa della Repubblica or Republic Day, Italy’s national day.
disport , v :
(transitive, intransitive, reflexive, dated) To amuse oneself divertingly or playfully; in particular, to cavort or gambol.
ghrelin , n :
(biochemistry) A peptide hormone, secreted in the stomach when empty, that increases appetite and secretion of growth hormone from the pituitary gland.
rubbish , n :
(chiefly Australia, New Zealand, Britain) Garbage, junk, refuse, trash, waste. (by extension, chiefly Australia, New Zealand, Britain) An item, or items, of low quality. (by extension, chiefly Australia, New Zealand, Britain) Nonsense. (archaic) Debris or ruins of buildings. […] rubbish v (transitive, chiefly Australia, New Zealand, Britain, colloquial) To criticize, to denigrate, to denounce, to disparage.
polemology , n :
The study of human conflict and war. 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.
merit , v :
(transitive) To deserve, to earn. (intransitive) To be deserving or worthy. (transitive, obsolete, rare) To reward.
polynya , n :
(hydrology, oceanography) A naturally formed area of open water surrounded by sea ice, especially in the Arctic. 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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