Word of the Day: It

it / it




  1. that one; used as subject or direct or indirect object of a verb or preposition

A good deed dies when it is spoken about.

Arabian Proverb


  1. used as the subject of a verb that describes a condition or action

It is raining and you can hear the pattern of the drops.

Jiddu Krishnamurti, 1895-1986


  1. used to represent an understood or previously mentioned group

Any education given by a group tends to socialize its members, but the quality and the value of the socialization depends upon the habits and aims of the group.

John Dewey, 1859-1952


  1. used to represent an implicit or previously mentioned action or activity

Swing is so much more than a dance, it’s a way of life.

Nicholas Hope, 1958-


  1. used in reference to an unspecific source

It is said that love and a cough cannot be hid.

Dorothy L. Sayers, 1893-1957


  1. used to refer to circumstances, a current state of affairs, etc.

Ultimately, ‘how’s it going?’ is the most futile and the most profound of questions.

Pascal Bruckner, 1948-


  1. used as an anticipatory subject

If it were ever to rain soup, the poor would only have forks.

Brazilian Proverb


  1. a crucial point

Life is definitely not a rehearsal, this is it.

Mike Watt, 1957-




  1. in children’s games, the player who performs the principal task

The game is over whenever It gets everyone else frozen. The last person frozen becomes the new It.
Helaine Becker, 1961-