Word of the Day

Word of the Day: Lachrymose
Polish translation: zapłakany
 
Definition: (adj)
 
1) given to tears or weeping : tearful
2) tending to cause tears : mournful
 
Etymology:
 
mid 17th century (in the sense ‘like tears; liable to exude in drops’): from Latin lacrimosus, from lacrima ‘tear.’

Word of the Day

Word of the Day: Xeno
 
Definition: (n)
 
1) the smallest measurable unit of human connection, typically exchanged between passing strangers—a flirtatious glance, a sympathetic nod, a shared laugh about some odd coincidence—moments that are fleeting and random but still contain powerful emotional nutrients that can alleviate the symptoms of feeling alone.

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Word of the Day: Daguerreologue
 
Definition: (n)
 
1) an imaginary interview with an old photo of yourself, an enigmatic figure who still lives in the grainy and color-warped house you grew up in, who may well spend a lot of their day wondering where you are and what you’re doing now, like an old grandma whose kids live far away and don’t call much anymore.

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Word of the Day: Occhiolism
Definition: (n)
 
1) the awareness of the smallness of your perspective, by which you couldn’t possibly draw any meaningful conclusions at all, about the world or the past or the complexities of culture, because although your life is an epic and unrepeatable anecdote, it still only has a sample size of one, and may end up being the control for a much wilder experiment happening in the next room.

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Word of the Day: Chrysalism
 
Definition: (n)
 
1) The amniotic tranquility of being indoors during a thunderstorm, listening to waves of rain pattering against the roof like an argument upstairs, whose muffled words are unintelligible but whose crackling release of built-up tension you understand perfectly.

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Word of the Day: Abraxas
 
Definition: (n)
 
1) gem engraved with mystical word and bearing human-animal figure
 
2) a word of unknown significance found on charms, especially amulets, of the late Greco-Roman world and linked with both Gnostic beliefs and magical practices by the early church fathers.

Word of the Day

Word of the Day: Rückkehrunruhe
 
Definition: (n)
 
1) the feeling of returning home after an immersive trip only to find it fading rapidly from your awareness—to the extent you have to keep reminding yourself that it happened at all, even though it felt so vivid just days ago