Wiktionary:Word of the day/Archive/2019/October

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Word of the day for October 1
witch doctor n
  1. A person who is believed to ward off witchcraft and heal through magical powers; a shaman.

PointingHand.svg Today is the Independence Day of Nigeria, which commemorates the nation’s independence from the United Kingdom in 1960.

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Word of the day for October 3
festschrift n
  1. A collection of articles, essays, etc., published together as a memorial or tribute to an academic or some other respected person.

PointingHand.svg Today is Tag der Deutschen Einheit (German Unity Day), which commemorates the anniversary of German Reunification in 1990.

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Word of the day for October 8
dojo n
  1. (martial arts) A training facility, usually led by one or more sensei; a hall or room used for such training.
  2. (by extension) A room or other facility used for other activities, such as meditation or software development. []
  3. The dojo loach, Japanese weather loach, or pond loach (Misgurnus anguillicaudatus), a freshwater fish native to East Asia.

PointingHand.svg Today, the second Monday of October in 2019, is Health and Sports Day in Japan, a day on which to enjoy sports and cultivate a healthy mind and body.

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Word of the day for October 14
Woozle effect proper n
  1. The situation in which frequent citation of earlier publications leads to a mistaken public belief in something for which there is no evidence, giving rise to an urban myth.

PointingHand.svg British author A. A. Milne’s book Winnie-the-Pooh was first published on this day in 1926. It features a story in which Winnie-the-Pooh and Piglet follow their own tracks in the snow, believing them to be the tracks of the imaginary “Woozle”.

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