Word of the Day – Legerdemain

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Legerdemain (noun)


The clever use of one’s hands when performing magic tricks. Sleight of hand.

From the French ‘leger de main’ dexterous, literally ‘light of hand’.

Example sentences

“It’s a blatant piece of political legerdemain” (ironic)

“He was skilled in illusion and legerdemain.”

Word of the Day – Noughting

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Noughting (noun)


Depreciation, scorn; effacement, eradication; an instance of this.

Middle English; earliest use found in Hali Meidenhad: an alliterative homily. From nought + -ing. In later use from nought + -ing.

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Word of the Day – Itinerant

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Itinerant (adj) (noun)


Travelling from place to place. / A person who travels from place to place.

Late 16th century (used to describe a judge travelling on a circuit): from late Latin itinerant- ‘travelling’, from the verb itinerari, from Latin iter, itiner- ‘journey, road’.

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