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 – Queach

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Queach (noun) (English regional)

kwee-ch

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)

min-ar-kee

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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