word of the day

antipodes

PRONUNCIATION:

(an-TIP-uh-deez)

MEANING:

noun:
1. Two places situated on the diametrically opposite sides of the earth.
2. The exact opposite of someone or something.
3. Australia and New Zealand.

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parnassian

PRONUNCIATION:

(pahr-NAS-ee-uhn)
MEANING:
adjective: Of or relating to poetry.
ETYMOLOGY:
After Mount Parnassus, a mountain in Greece, considered sacred to Apollo, the Greek god of music and poetry, and the Muses. Earliest documented use: 1565.

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noble pursuits

idealist

i·de·al·ist

[ahy-dee-uh-list]

noun

1. a person who cherishes or pursues high or noble principles, purposes, goals, etc. Synonyms: optimist, perfectionist, reformer, visionary, utopianist. Antonyms: pragmatist, skeptic, cynic.
2. a visionary or impractical person. Synonyms: romantic, romanticist, dreamer, stargazer. Antonyms: realist, materialist.
3. a person who represents things as they might or should be rather than as they are: My friend is an idealist, who somehow thinks that we always agree.
4. a writer or artist who treats subjects imaginatively.
5. a person who accepts the doctrines of philosophical idealism,  as by representing things in an ideal form, or as they might or should be rather than as they are.
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li·brar·y

n. pl. li·brar·ies

a. A place in which literary and artistic materials, such as books, periodicals, newspapers, pamphlets, prints, records, and tapes, are kept for reading, reference, or lending.
b. A collection of such materials, especially when systematically arranged.
c. A room in a private home for such a collection.
d. An institution or foundation maintaining such a collection.
2. A commercial establishment that lends books for a fee.
3. A series or set of books issued by a publisher.
4. A collection of recorded data or tapes arranged for ease of use.
5. A set of things similar to a library in appearance, function, or organization: a library of computer programs.
6. Genetics A collection of cloned DNA sequences whose location and identity can be established by mapping the genome of a particular organism.

[Middle English librarie, from Anglo-Norman, from Latin librrium, bookcase, from neuter of librrius, of books, from liber, libr-, book.]lovely library-1

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filipendulous

PRONUNCIATION:

(fi-li-PEN-juh-luhs, -PEN-dyoo-)
MEANING:
adjective: Hanging by a thread.
ETYMOLOGY:
>From Latin filum (thread) + pendere (to hang). Ultimately from the Indo-European root (s)pen- (to draw, to spin), which is also the source of pendulum, spider, pound, pansy, pendant, ponder, appendix, penthouse, depend, and spontaneous. Earliest documented use: 1864.
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word of the day

Psephology

(from Greek psephos ψῆφος, ‘pebble’, which the Greeks used as ballots) is a branch of political science which deals with the study and scientific analysis of elections. Psephology uses historical precinct voting data, public opinion polls, campaign finance information and similar statistical data. The term was coined in the United Kingdom in 1952 by historian R. B. McCallum to describe the scientific analysis of past elections.

Nate Silver’s Data Predictions

“Only one number mattered to the data analysis aficionados watching the presidential election results on Tuesday night. That number, 538, is Nate Silver’s blog (now under the New York Times auspices). Silver, by using predictive analytics applied against a range of polling and related data, hit a perfect 50 for 50 in his state-by-state predictions.”