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Word of the day for May 23
defenestration n
  1. The act of throwing something or someone out of a window.
  2. (Britain) The high-profile removal of a person from an organization.
  3. (computing, neologism, humorous) The act of removing the Microsoft Windows operating system from a computer in order to install an alternative one.
PointingHand.svg The Second Defenestration of Prague took place on this day in 1618. Three Roman Catholic regents of Ferdinand II, the Holy Roman Emperor, were thrown out of a third-floor window by Protestant subjects who accused them of suppressing their rights. The regents survived the fall, but the incident precipitated the Thirty Years’ War.

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