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 – Nomenclature

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Nomenclature (noun)


The devising or choosing of names for things, especially in a science or other discipline. / The term or terms applied to someone or something.

Early 17th century: from French, from Latin nomenclatura, from nomen ‘name’ + clatura ‘calling, summoning’ (from calare ‘to call’).

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Word of the Day – Decalcomania

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Decalcomania (noun)


The process of transferring designs from prepared paper on to glass or porcelain.

Mid 19th century: from French décalcomanie, from décalquer ‘transfer a tracing’ + -manie ‘-mania’ (with reference to the enthusiasm for the process in the 1860s).

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