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Word of the day for January 1
New Year's resolution n
  1. A vow that one makes on New Year's Eve or New Year's Day for the coming year.
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Word of the day for January 2
cloud nine n
  1. (idiomatic) Often in the phrase on cloud nine: a state of bliss, elation or happiness.
  2. (idiomatic, possibly nonstandard) A state of fantastic or impractical dreaming or thinking.
PointingHand.svg Today is Nyinlong (Dzongkha ཉིན་ལོང་ (nyin long, return of the sun)), the winter solstice celebration in Bhutan which is considered the most auspicious day of the year. The concept of gross national happiness was developed in Bhutan in the 1970s.

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Word of the day for January 3
quacksalver n
  1. (archaic) One falsely claiming to possess medical or other skills, especially one who dispenses potions, ointments, etc., supposedly having curative powers; a quack.

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Word of the day for January 4
blossom n
  1. A flower, especially one indicating that a fruit tree is fruiting; (collectively) a mass of such flowers.
  2. The state or season of producing such flowers.
  3. (figuratively) A blooming period or stage of development; something lovely that gives rich promise.
  4. The colour of a horse that has white hairs intermixed with sorrel and bay hairs.

blossom v

  1. (intransitive) To have, or open into, blossoms; to bloom.
  2. (intransitive) To begin to thrive or flourish.
PointingHand.svg Junichi Kakizaki, a Japanese floral artist, land and environmental artist, and sculptor, was born on this day in 1971.

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Word of the day for January 5
puffling n
  1. A young puffin.
PointingHand.svg Today is National Bird Day in the United States, which was started by the Avian Welfare Coalition and Born Free USA to improve the welfare of birds in captivity.

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Word of the day for January 6
Twelfth Day proper n

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Word of the day for January 8
mendacity n
  1. (uncountable) The fact or condition of being untruthful; dishonesty.
  2. (countable) A deceit, falsehood, or lie.

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Word of the day for January 9
cryptodepression n
  1. (geography, limnology) The portion of a lake which lies below sea level.
PointingHand.svg The cryptocurrency Bitcoin was first issued ten years ago on this day in 2009.

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Word of the day for January 10
blooper n
  1. (US, dated) A radio which interferes with other radios, causing them to bloop (squeal loudly).
  2. (informal) A blunder, an error.
  3. (baseball, slang) A fly ball that is weakly hit just over the infielders.
  4. (film, informal) A filmed or videotaped outtake that has recorded an amusing accident and/or mistake.
  5. (nautical) A gaff-rigged fore-and-aft sail set from and aft of the aftmost mast of a square-rigged ship; a spanker.
PointingHand.svg The American comedy television series Foul-Ups, Bleeps & Blunders, which featured bloopers from popular movies and TV programs, was first broadcast on this day 35 years ago in 1984.

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Word of the day for January 11
Everester n
  1. Someone who climbs Mount Everest.
PointingHand.svg New Zealand mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary died on this day ten years ago in 2008. On 29 May 1953, Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers known to have reached the summit of Mount Everest, the highest mountain on Earth above sea level.

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Word of the day for January 12
charlotte russe n
  1. A dessert of custard or whipped cream enclosed in sponge cake, often in the form of ladyfingers.
PointingHand.svg French chef Marie-Antoine Carême, who is supposed to have created the dish and named it in honour of his employer Alexander I of Russia, was born on this day in 1833.

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Word of the day for January 14
windsucker n
  1. A horse with the habit of windsucking.
  2. (archaic) []
    1. The common kestrel (Falco tinnunculus).
    2. (derogatory) A term of abuse.

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obtuse adj
  1. Intellectually dull or dim-witted.
  2. Indirect or circuitous.
  3. Of sound, etc.: deadened, muffled, muted.
  4. (geometry) Of an angle: greater than 90 degrees but less than 180 degrees.
  5. (geometry) Of a triangle: having one obtuse angle.
  6. (now chiefly botany, zoology) Not sharp; blunt.

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serac n
  1. Often sérac: a hard, cone-shaped, pale green, strongly flavoured cheese from Switzerland made from skimmed cowmilk and blue fenugreek (Trigonella caerulea); Schabziger, Sapsago. It is usually eaten grated, mixed with butter, or in a fondue.
  2. (geography (glaciology)) A sharp tower of ice formed by intersecting crevasses of a glacier.

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Word of the day for January 17
emasculate v
  1. (transitive) To deprive of virile or procreative power; to castrate, to geld.
  2. (transitive) To deprive of masculine vigor or spirit; to weaken; to render effeminate; to vitiate by unmanly softness.
  3. (transitive, botany) Of a flower: to deprive of the anthers.

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Word of the day for January 18
frangible adj
  1. Able to be broken; breakable, fragile.

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Word of the day for January 19
ununennium n
  1. The systematic element name for the (as yet undiscovered) chemical element with an atomic number of 119 (symbol Uue).

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Word of the day for January 21
breadbasket n
  1. A basket used for storing or carrying bread.
  2. A region which has favourable conditions to produce a large quantity of grain or, by extension, other food products; a food bowl.
  3. (humorous) The abdomen or stomach, especially as a vulnerable part of the body in an attack.

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Word of the day for January 23
glossolalia n
  1. Speaking a language one does not know, or speaking elaborate but apparently meaningless speech, while in a trance-like state (or, supposedly, under the influence of a deity or spirits); speaking in tongues.
  2. Xenoglossy (knowledge of a language one has never learned).

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Word of the day for January 24
swarf n
  1. (uncountable) The waste chips or shavings from an abrasive activity, such as metalworking, a saw cutting wood, or the use of a grindstone or whetstone.
  2. (countable) A particular waste chip or shaving.

swarf v

  1. (transitive) To grind down. []
  2. (intransitive, Scotland, obsolete) To grow languid; to faint.

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Word of the day for January 25
haggis n
  1. A traditional Scottish dish made from minced sheep offal with oatmeal and spices, etc., originally boiled in the stomach of a sheep but now often in an artificial casing, and usually served with neeps and tatties (mashed swede and potatoes) and accompanied with whisky.
PointingHand.svg Burns night is held on this date in celebration of the Scottish poet and lyricist Robert Burns (born on 25 January 1759), and usually involves Scottish foods and recitals of his poetry.

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Word of the day for January 26
drop bear n
  1. (cryptozoology) A fictional Australian marsupial in the form of a large, carnivorous koala said to fall upon its prey from treetops.
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Word of the day for January 27
looking glass n
  1. A piece of glass with a reflective surface that one may look into to see an image of oneself; a mirror.
  2. A way into a bizarre world.
PointingHand.svg English writer and mathematician Lewis Carroll, the author of the children’s novel Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There (1871), was born on this day in 1832.

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Word of the day for January 28
if anything adv
  1. (idiomatic) Used after a negative statement to suggest the opposite is true.
  2. (idiomatic) Used to suggest or state tentatively that something may be the case (often the opposite of something previously implied).
  3. (idiomatic) Used in questions when the speaker does not know for sure if the listener will have an answer.

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Word of the day for January 30
soft-spoken adj
  1. Having a pleasant, gentle, mild manner of speech; speaking gently or quietly.

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Word of the day for January 31
deep state n
  1. (politics, conspiracy theories) A large group of people, typically members of government agencies and the military, believed to have long-lasting political influence that is difficult for an administration voted into power to counter.

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