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 – Queach

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Queach (noun) (English regional)


A dense growth of bushes; a thicket. Also: a patch of untillable land characterized by such thickets.

Late 15th century; earliest use found in The Book of St. Albans. Origin uncertain.
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Word of the Day – Minarchy

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Minarchy (noun)


Minimal government; specifically a (hypothetical) form of government that does not interfere with individual rights and civil liberties, and that has itself no right to levy taxes upon legitimately acquired property.

1960s; earliest use found in Ralph Borsodi (1888–1977). From min- + -archy.
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