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Word of the day for October 1
witch doctor n
  1. A person who is believed to ward off witchcraft and heal through magical powers; a shaman.

  Today is the Independence Day of Nigeria, which commemorates the nation’s independence from the United Kingdom in 1960.

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Word of the day for October 3
festschrift n
  1. A collection of articles, essays, etc., published together as a memorial or tribute to an academic or some other respected person.

  Today is Tag der Deutschen Einheit (German Unity Day), which commemorates the anniversary of German Reunification in 1990.

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Word of the day for October 8
dojo n
  1. (martial arts) A training facility, usually led by one or more sensei; a hall or room used for such training.
  2. (by extension) A room or other facility used for other activities, such as meditation or software development. []
  3. The dojo loach, Japanese weather loach, or pond loach (Misgurnus anguillicaudatus), a freshwater fish native to East Asia.

  Today, the second Monday of October in 2019, is Health and Sports Day in Japan, a day on which to enjoy sports and cultivate a healthy mind and body.

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Word of the day for October 11
oology n
  1. (ornithology) The study of birds' eggs.
  2. The hobby or practice of collecting birds' eggs, especially those of wild birds.

  Today, the second Friday in October in 2019, is marked as World Egg Day by the International Egg Commission, an organization representing the egg industry.

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Word of the day for October 14
Woozle effect proper n
  1. The situation in which frequent citation of earlier publications leads to a mistaken public belief in something for which there is no evidence, giving rise to an urban myth.

  British author A. A. Milne’s book Winnie-the-Pooh was first published on this day in 1926. It features a story in which Winnie-the-Pooh and Piglet follow their own tracks in the snow, believing them to be the tracks of the imaginary “Woozle”.

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