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Word of the day for December 1
tip of the iceberg n
  1. (idiomatic) A small indication of a larger possibility; a problem that is much bigger than it seems.

  On this day 60 years ago in 1959, the Antarctic Treaty was signed. The day was declared by Our Spaces as Antarctica Day to build awareness about Antarctica and to emphasize the importance of nations co-operating peacefully through science to make decisions about places beyond the boundaries of sovereign states.

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Word of the day for December 2
PEBCAK n
  1. (computing, humorous, also attributively) Chiefly used by technical support helpdesk staff: a problem experienced with a user's computer that is due to user error.

  Today is World Computer Literacy Day, which was launched by Indian company NIIT to encourage the development of computing skills, especially among women and children in India.

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Word of the day for December 6
picaresque adj
  1. Of or pertaining to adventurers or rogues.
  2. (literature) Characteristic of a genre of Spanish satiric novel dealing with the adventures of a roguish hero.

  Today is Día de la Constitución, the Constitution Day of Spain.

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Word of the day for December 7
Lessepsian adj
  1. (obsolete, rare) Pertaining to the French diplomat Ferdinand de Lesseps, who designed the Suez Canal.
  2. (marine biology) Of or relating to organisms that migrate from the Red Sea to the eastern Mediterranean Sea by means of the Suez Canal.

  Ferdinand de Lesseps, whose name gave rise to this word, died on this day 125 years ago in 1894.

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Word of the day for December 10
gylany n
  1. (sociology) A social system based on equality of women and men.

  Today is Human Rights Day, which is recognized by the United Nations to emphasize the importance of human rights and to commemorate the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the first global enunciation of such rights, on this day in 1948.

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Word of the day for December 12
oximeter n
  1. (chemistry) A device that measures the quantity of oxygen in something.
  2. (medicine, specifically) A device that measures the oxygen saturation of arterial blood.

  Today is International Universal Health Coverage Day, which is recognized by the United Nations to emphasize that everybody should have access to good quality, affordable health care.

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Word of the day for December 13
bastard strangles n
  1. (veterinary medicine) A form of strangles, a bacterial upper respiratory tract infection of horses potentially causing airway obstruction, that has spread to other parts of the body and caused abscesses.

  Today is celebrated by some people in the United States as National Day of the Horse, which recognizes the contribution of horses to the economy, history, and character of the country.

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Word of the day for December 22
lotologist n
  1. A person who collects lottery tickets.

  The Spanish Christmas Lottery, often called “El Gordo” (the Big One) is usually drawn on this day each year.

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Word of the day for December 30
hyperthymesia n
  1. (neuroscience) A rare condition in which an individual possesses a superior autobiographical memory and is able to recall the vast majority of personal events and experiences in life.

  Jill Price, the first person to be diagnosed with the condition, was born on this day in 1965.

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