Word of the Day – Cloaca

By January 16, 2018Word of the Day

Cloaca (noun) (archaic)


A sewer

Late 16th century (in the sense ‘sewer’): from Latin, related to cluere ‘cleanse’. The first sense dates from the mid 19th century.

Example sentences

“The whole lot flushed down the cloaca, it’s gone.”

Word of the Day – Minarchy

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Minarchy (noun)


Minimal government; specifically a (hypothetical) form of government that does not interfere with individual rights and civil liberties, and that has itself no right to levy taxes upon legitimately acquired property.

1960s; earliest use found in Ralph Borsodi (1888–1977). From min- + -archy.
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