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Word of the day for August 2
hello girl n
  1. (telephony, informal, dated) A female telephone operator.

PointingHand.svg Scottish-born engineer Alexander Graham Bell, who is credited with inventing and patenting the first practical telephone, died on this day in 1922.

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luminary n
  1. One who is an inspiration to others; one who has achieved success in their chosen field; a leading light.
  2. (archaic) A body that gives light; especially, one of the heavenly bodies.
  3. (archaic) An artificial light; an illumination.
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Word of the day for August 5
ark at ee phrase
  1. (Bristol and West Country, informal) Listen to you; listen to yourself; listen to it.
  2. (Bristol and West Country, informal) Used to draw attention to something or someone.
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klaxon n
  1. A loud electric alarm or horn.

PointingHand.svg American inventor Miller Reese Hutchison, who created the machine later called the klaxon, was born on this day in 1876.

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impeachment n
  1. (countable) The act of calling into question or challenging the accuracy or propriety of something.
    1. (countable, law) A demonstration in a court of law, or before another finder of fact, that a witness was ingenuine before, and is therefore less likely to tell the truth now.
    2. (countable, law, Britain) An accusation that a person has committed a crime against the state, such as treason.
    3. (countable, law, chiefly US) The act of impeaching or charging a public official with misconduct, especially if serious, often with the aim of having the official dismissed from office.
  2. (uncountable) The state of being impeached.
  3. (uncountable, archaic) Hindrance; impediment; obstruction.

PointingHand.svg On this day 45 years ago in 1974, the President of the United States, Richard Nixon, resigned before impeachment proceedings started against him by the House of Representatives were completed.

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doofer n
  1. (slang) An object the name of which the speaker or writer cannot remember or does not know. [from 1930s]
    1. (slang, specifically) The remote control for a television. []
  2. (Australia, slang) A participant in a doof (outdoor dance party held in remote bushland or on the outskirts of a city).
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Weimarization n
  1. (politics) A state of economic crisis leading to political upheaval and extremism.

PointingHand.svg On this day 100 years ago in 1919, the national assembly of the German state met in Weimar to adopt a new constitution, leading to the formation of the unstable Weimar Republic.

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sericulture n
  1. (agriculture) The rearing of silkworms for the production of silk.

PointingHand.svg Queen Sirikit, the queen mother of Thailand after whom the Queen Sirikit Department of Sericulture is named, was born on this day in 1932. Her birthday is celebrated as a public holiday and also observed as National Mother’s Day in Thailand.

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meteorwrong n
  1. (humorous) A rock that is believed to be a meteorite, but is in fact terrestrial in origin; a pseudometeorite.

PointingHand.svg The Perseids meteor shower peaks on 12 and 13 August 2019.

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fair-weather friend n
  1. (idiomatic) One who is friendly, helpful, or available only when it is advantageous or convenient to be so.
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nosegay n
  1. A small bunch of fragrant flowers or herbs tied in a bundle, often presented as a gift; nosegays were originally intended to be put to the nose for the pleasant sensation or to mask unpleasant odours.
  2. (figuratively) An aroma, a scent.
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honey plant n
  1. (beekeeping) Any plant, all of them eudicots, from which bees usually collect nectar, pollen, or both for making honey.
  2. (botany) The name of a number of unrelated plants.
    1. A plant of the genus Hoya, especially the porcelainflower or waxplant (Hoya carnosa) from the tendency for excess nectar to drip from its flowers.
    2. A plant of the genus Melissa, especially lemon balm (Melissa officinalis).
    3. Bishop's weed or false Queen Anne's lace (Ammi majus).

PointingHand.svg Today, the third Saturday in August in 2018, is [[]]National Honey Bee Day in the United States, which was started by beekeepers in 2009 to build awareness about the bee industry.

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Word of the day for August 19
Palladian adj
  1. (Greek mythology, rare) Of or relating to Pallas, an epithet of Athena, the goddess of wisdom.
  2. (by extension, rare) Of or relating to knowledge, study, or wisdom. []
  3. (architecture) In the style of the Italian neoclassical architect Andrea Palladio.

Palladian n

  1. (architecture) An architect who designs buildings in the Palladian style.

PointingHand.svg The Italian architect Andrea Palladio, who is widely considered to be one of the most influential people in the history of architecture, died on this day in 1580.

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Word of the day for August 20
repdigit n
  1. (recreational mathematics) A number composed of one or more occurrences of one specific digit.
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badass adj
  1. (US, slang, negative connotation, possibly offensive) Belligerent and troublesome.
  2. (US, slang, positive connotation, possibly offensive) Having an extreme appearance, attitude, or behavior that is considered admirable.
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runway n
  1. A defined, narrow section of land or an artificial structure used for access.
    1. The usual path taken by deer or other wild animals, such as from a forest to a water source.
    2. A narrow walkway (often on a platform) extending from a stage on which people walk, especially one used by models during fashion shows.
    3. (athletics) In javelin, long jump, and similar events: a short track along which athletes can accelerate themselves for their jumps or throws.
    4. (aviation) A section of land, usually paved, for airplanes to land on or take off from.
    5. (slang) Hence, the number of months that a startup company can operate on its cash reserves.
  2. A stream bed.
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Word of the day for August 26
rakhi n
  1. (chiefly South Asia) An ornamental cotton wristband tied by a girl or woman onto the wrist of her brother, or of one who takes on the responsibilities of a brother, particularly during the Raksha Bandhan festival.

PointingHand.svg The Raksha Bandhan festival takes place today in 2018, the last day of the month of Shraavana in the Hindu calendar.

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Word of the day for August 28
Faustian bargain n
  1. (idiomatic) An agreement in which a person abandons his or her spiritual values or moral principles in order to obtain knowledge, wealth or other benefits.
  2. (idiomatic) A deal in which one focuses on present gain without considering the long-term consequences.

PointingHand.svg German writer and statesman Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, whose play Faust is widely regarded as his magnum opus and the greatest work of German literature, was born on this day 270 years ago in 1749.

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sweet spot n
  1. Any place which is optimum for a certain action to occur.
  2. (slang, euphemistic) The clitoris, prostate gland, or other center of sexual pleasure.
  3. (physics, slang) The center of percussion.
  4. (sports) The optimal place on a bat, racquet, etc., with which to hit a ball, resulting in the latter rebounding with the maximum possible velocity.

PointingHand.svg Today is declared by the National Confectioners Association in the United States to be National Toasted Marshmallow Day.

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