clavicytherium , n : (music) A harpsichord in which the soundboard and strings are mounted vertically facing the player. For some Christian churches, today is the feast day of Saint Cecilia, the patron saint of musicians.
Word Of The Day Archive
elevator pitch , n : A brief and simple sales pitch; a short summary of a business plan, process, or product, and its selling point and value proposition.
vigesimal , adj : Occurring in intervals of twenty. To the base 20.
ruff , n : A circular frill or ruffle on a garment, especially a starched, fluted frill at the neck in Elizabethan and Jacobean England (1560s–1620s). Anything formed with plaits or flutings like a frill. Senses relating to animals. Philomachus pugnax (syn. Calidris pugnax),
swingeing , adj : (chiefly Britain) Huge, immense. Heavy, powerful, scathing.
baker’s dozen , n : (idiomatic) Thirteen; a group of thirteen. (Cockney rhyming slang) A cousin. Today is apparently celebrated by some people as Homemade Bread Day.
vog , n : Air pollution caused by substances (such as sulphur dioxide) emitted by a volcano.
jingoistic , adj : Overly patriotic or nationalistic, often with an element of favouring war or an aggressive foreign policy.
blowhard , n : (Canada, US, derogatory) A person who talks too much or too loudly, especially in a boastful or self-important manner.
go it alone , v : (colloquial) To do something alone or independently, especially something that is normally or better done in groups. (card games) To play a hand without the assistance of one’s partner.