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Word of the day for April 8
munshi n
  1. (South Asia) A clerk or secretary.
  2. (South Asia) A language teacher, especially one teaching Hindustani or Persian.

  Mohammed Abdul Karim, an Indian attendant of Queen Victoria, died this month 111 years ago in 1909. The Queen gave him the title of “Munshi” and had him teach her Urdu.

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Word of the day for April 14
enfeoff v
  1. (transitive, chiefly law, historical) To transfer a fief to, to endow with a fief; to put (a person) in legal possession of a freehold interest.
  2. (transitive, figuratively) To give up completely; to surrender, to yield.

  The tongue-in-cheek International Be Kind to Lawyers Day falls on this day in 2019, the second Tuesday of April.

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Word of the day for April 28
bounty n
  1. (uncountable) Generosity; also (countable) an act of generosity.
  2. (countable) Something given liberally; a gift.
  3. (countable) A reward for some specific act, especially one given by an authority or a government.
    1. (specifically) A monetary reward for capturing (or, in the past, killing) a person accused or convicted of a crime and who is at large; also, a similar reward for capturing or killing an animal which is dangerous or causing a nuisance.
    2. (military, historical) Money paid to a person when becoming a member of the armed forces, or as a reward for some service therein.
  4. (countable, figuratively) An abundance or wealth.

  On this day in 1789, a mutiny led by Fletcher Christian took place on board the H.M.S. Bounty; the ship’s captain William Bligh and sailors loyal to him were set adrift in a smaller boat, and all but one survived a 6,500-km (4,000-mi) journey to safety.

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