Word of the Day – Termagant

By November 10, 2016Word of the Day

Termagant (noun)

turm-u-gant

A harsh-tempered or overbearing woman.

I love the etymology of this word: Taken to be from Latin tri- three + vagant- wandering, and to refer to the moon ‘wandering’ between heaven, earth, and hell under the three names Selene, Artemis, and Persephone..

Example sentences

“Order was restored after the removal of the the shrieking termagant from the court.”

“He would do anything to avoid her termagant mother.”

Word of the Day – Nomenclature

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Nomenclature (noun)

no-men-kla-chuh

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)

dee-kalk-o-may-nee-a

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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