Word of the Day – Snafu

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Snafu (noun) (adj) (verb)

sna-foo

A confused or chaotic state; a mess. Chiefly North American.

1940s: acronym from situation normal: all fouled (or fucked) up.

Example sentences

“The current administration is just one big snafu!”

Word of the Day – Luminary

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Luminary (noun)

loo-mi-na-ree

A person who inspires or influences others, especially one prominent in a particular sphere.

Late Middle English: from Old French luminarie or late Latin luminarium, from Latin lumen, lumin- ‘light’. Modern meaning comes from the more archaic meaning ‘a natural body that gives light, such as the sun or the moon.’

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Word of the Day – Qualm

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Qualm (noun)

kw-arm

(archaic) a momentary sick of faint feeling. Modern usage is an uneasy feeling of doubt about one’s actions, usually used in the negative ‘no qualms’.

Early 16th century (in the sense ‘momentary sick feeling’): perhaps related to Old English cw(e)alm ‘pain’, of Germanic origin.

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