Word of the Day – Legerdemain

By April 18, 2017Word of the Day

Legerdemain (noun)

lej-uh-de-mayn

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 – Antidisestablishmentarianism

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Antidisestablishmentarianism(noun)

an-tee-dis-est-ab-lis-ment-aer-ee-an-izm

Opposition to the disestablishment of the Church of England.

Antidisestablishmentarianism is very occasionally found in genuine use, but it is most often cited as an example of a very long word. Other similar curiosities are floccinaucinihilipilification and pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis (the longest word in this dictionary).

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Word of the Day – Kickshaw

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Kickshaw (noun) (archaic)

kik-shor

A fancy but insubstantial cooked dish, especially one of foreign origin. Or, An elegant but insubstantial trinket.

Late 16th century: from French quelque chose ‘something’. The French spelling was common in the 17th century; the present form results from interpretation of quelque chose as plural.

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Word of the Day – Chimaera

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Chimaera (noun) (also Chimera)

kai-mee-ra

(in Greek mythology) a fire-breathing female monster with a lion’s head, a goat’s body, and a serpent’s tail. (modern biology) An organism containing a mixture of genetically different tissues, formed by processes such as fusion of early embryos, grafting, or mutation.

Late Middle English: via Latin from Greek khimaira ‘she-goat or chimaera’.

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