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Word of the day for September 9
colonelcy n
  1. (military) The rank or office of a colonel.
PointingHand.svg Colonel Harland David Sanders, who founded the fast food chicken restaurant chain KFC (formerly Kentucky Fried Chicken), was born on this day in 1890.

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Word of the day for September 15
jumbo adj
  1. Especially large or powerful.
PointingHand.svg The African elephant Jumbo purchased by American showman P. T. Barnum for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus died on this day in 1885 after tripping on train tracks and impaling himself on a tusk.

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Word of the day for September 18
cybernat n
  1. (Britain, informal) A Scottish nationalist who takes part in Internet activism.
PointingHand.svg The Scottish independence referendum, 2014, took place on this day four years ago.

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Word of the day for September 21
utopographer n
  1. One who describes a utopia.
PointingHand.svg The English writer H. G. Wells, who probably coined the word in his 1927 novel Meanwhile: The Picture of a Lady, was born on this day in 1866.

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Word of the day for September 26
apricate v
  1. (intransitive, rare) To bask in the sun.
  2. (transitive, also figuratively, rare) To disinfect and freshen by exposing to the sun; to sun.
PointingHand.svg The song “Here Comes the Sun” by the English rock band The Beatles was released on this day in 1969.

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Word of the day for September 27
xebec n
  1. A small two-masted, and later three-masted, Mediterranean transport ship with an overhanging bow and stern.
PointingHand.svg Today, the last Thursday of September in 2018, is World Maritime Day, an official United Nations day that highlights the work of the International Maritime Organization and emphasizes the importance of shipping and other maritime activities.

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Word of the day for September 30
your mileage may vary phrase
  1. (idiomatic) It may work differently in your situation, or be different in your experience.
  2. (idiomatic) Used to express a possible difference in taste: this is just my opinion, your opinion may be different.
PointingHand.svg Today is the eve of the day when the first Ford Model T was produced by the Ford Motor Company 110 years ago, on 1 October 1908. The Model T is generally regarded as the first affordable automobile.

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