Word of the Day – Termagancy

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Termagancy (noun)


Especially with reference to a woman: the quality or state of being bad-tempered or overbearing; violence of temper or disposition.

Early 18th century; earliest use found in Edward Ward (1667–1731), satirist. From termagant: see -ancy.

Example sentences

“She’s prone to fits of termagancy when the men folk don’t follow her instructions.”

Word of the Day – Machree

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Machree (noun) (Irish/Scots)


As a form of address: my dear. Now chiefly in “Mother Machree”, expressing (usually ironically) a stereotyped conception of Celtic or Irish identity.

Late 17th century; earliest use found in Irish Hudibras. From Irish mo chroí (Scottish Gaelic mo chridhe) my heart, my beloved from mo my + croí (Scottish Gaelic cridhe) heart from Early Irish cride heart, cognate with heart [interjection, adverb].

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Word of the Day – Lixiviate

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Lixiviate (verb) (chemistry) (archaic)


Separate (a substance) into soluble and insoluble constituents by the percolation of liquid.

Mid 17th century: from modern Latin lixiviat- ‘impregnated with lye’, from the verb lixiviare, from lixivius ‘made into lye’, from lix ‘lye’.

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