Word of the Day – Prestidigitation

By August 7, 2017Word of the Day

Prestidigitation (noun)

presti-dij-it-ay-shun

Conjuring tricks performed as entertainment.

Mid 19th century: from French, from preste ‘nimble’ + Latin digitus ‘finger’ + -ation.

Example sentences

“What can I say? He’s a master of prestidigitation.”

Word of the Day – Senectitude

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Senectitude (noun)

sen-ek-ti-tood

The last stage of life; old age.

Senectitude comes from the Medieval Latin noun senectitūdō meaning “old age,” which in turn comes from Classical Latin senectūs, a derivative of the noun senex meaning “old man.” Senectitude entered English in the late 1700s, more precisely, in 1796 in Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels

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