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Word of the day for September 21
venereal adj
  1. Of or relating to the genitals or sexual intercourse.
  2. Of a disease: sexually transmitted; of or relating to, or adapted to the cure of, a venereal disease.
  3. (astrology, obsolete) Pertaining to the astrological influence of the planet Venus; lascivious, lustful.
  4. (chemistry, obsolete) Of or relating to copper (formerly called Venus by alchemists).

  To mark the premiere of English composer Gustav Holst’s orchestral suite The Planets on 29 September 1918, we are featuring a series of words relating to the planets in the Solar System. One of the suite’s movements is Venus, the Bringer of Peace, composed 105 years ago in 1914, which reminds us that today is the International Day of Peace.

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Although there were several early attempts to begin a Word of the Day on Wiktionary, the first official WOTD was posted on 10 January, 2006.

Considerable opposition to (the now wildly popular) WOTD was raised, as one full year's supply of words should be on hand, before it was turned on, on the Main Page. Instead, that took over a year to happen. The "Recycled pages" are the fall-back pointers, for when the current regime of two volunteers fall behind. At the end of each month, the "Archive" pages for the previous month are "subst:"ed for preservation and posterity.

In 2007, the RSS feed was created, then an alternate feed was later added. In July/August 2007, the WOTD was added to the mailing list.

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Also in early 2007, the entries started being marked with {{was wotd}} to prevent duplicates. And an alphabetic index was added (usually not including the current month.)

No informal nor formal "voting" process exists yet. The two primary volunteers use a lengthy set of criteria to ensure adequate variety for any given month's batch of WOTDs. Current entries go through an extensive vetting process before they finally make it into the spotlight.