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Word of the Day – spagyric

He saw the true gold into which the beggarly matter of existence may be transmuted by spagyric art; a succession of delicious moments, all the rare flavours of life concentrated, purged of their lees, and preserved in a beautiful vessel.

I fear that many a practitioner of the

art has perished handling it without due respect.

alchemical; alchemy; an alchemist and was first used and probably coined by the Swiss physician and alchemist Paracelsus (c14931541). There is no trustworthy etymology for the word.

entered English in the late 16th century.

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in the 19th century meant \u201ctruthfulness, veracity\u201d; this sense is rare nowadays. Its current sense, \u201cthe quality of seeming to be true according to ones opinion without regard to fact,\u201d was invented by the comedian Stephen Colbert in 2005.,definitions:[the quality of seeming to be true according to ones intuition, opinion, or perception without regard to logic, factual evidence, or the like:

the growing trend of truthiness as opposed to truth

. truthfulness or faithfulness.],citations:[author:Katy Waldman,source:\The Science of Truthiness,\

is \truth that comes from the gut, not books,\ Colbert said in 2005.,author:Frank Rich,source:\Truthiness Stages a Comeback,\

, September 20, 2008,quote:A Rovian political strategy by definition means all slime, all the time. But the more crucial Rove game plan is to envelop the entire presidential race in a thick fog of

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is probably baby talk for northern English and Scottish

is used in northern England and Scotland to mean \u201c(one\u2019s) mother.\u201d

entered English in the 17th century.,definitions:[

. mother; mom.],citations:[author:Robert Burns,source:\A Waukrife Minnie,\ 1789,quote:Whare are you gaun, my bonnie lass, Whare are you gaun, my hinnie? She answered me right saucilie, \An errand for my

to me, for I canna …],pos:noun,pronunciation:

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is an American word of unknown but fanciful origin, used by comic writers and humorists such as S.J. Perelman (1904-79) and P.G. Wodehouse (1881-1975).

entered English in the early 20th century.,definitions:[

. an extraordinary or unusual thing, person, or event; an exceptional example or instance.],citations:[author:Suzanne North,source:

, 2014,quote:Miss Jeynes, that dance was a real

.,author:Roger Rosenblatt,source:

, 2006,quote:There will be a storm this evening, bet on it. It will be a

.],pos:noun,pronunciation:lol-uh-puh-

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\u201ctime flies,\u201d a phrase that occurs in the

, a poem about farming and country life published around 29 b.c. by the Roman poet Vergil (70-19 b.c.).

entered English in the late 18th century.,definitions:[

. time flies.],citations:[author:Ruth McEnery Stuart,source:\Two Gentlemen of Leisure,\

; let us be going. We have just an hour to reach our dining-hall.,author:Herbie Brennan,source:

, 2011,quote:\Thank you! Thank you!\ you call to the woman, \but

and to be honest, its fugiting rather quickly for me at the moment …\],pos:null,pronunciation:

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