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 – Salutation

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Salutation (noun)


A gesture or utterance made as a greeting or acknowledgment of another’s arrival or departure.

Late Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin salutatio(n-), from salutare ‘pay one’s respects to’ (see salute).

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Word of the Day – Paraph

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Paraph (noun)


A flourish at the end of a signature, usually as a precaution against forgery.

Late Middle English (denoting a paragraph): from French paraphe, from medieval Latin paraphus (contraction of paragraphus ‘short horizontal stroke’).

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