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The Word of the Day is
Sep 30th, 2008, 3:42pm
 
The Word of the Day is  
 
theriac[color=#ff3300][/color] \THEER-ee-ak\
 
 
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"Chicken soup may not really be a theriac," said Helen, sniffling between spoonfuls, "but there certainly is something comforting about eating it when you're feeling sick."  
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There really is no such thing as a single remedy for all that ails us. But that hasn't kept English speakers from creating, not just a single word, but several words, that mean "cure-all": "catholicon," "elixir," "nostrum," "panacea," and today's word, "theriac." When we first used "theriac," it meant "an antidote for poison" -- for any and all poisons, that is. That's how our Roman and Greek forebears used their "theriaca" and "thēriake," which derive ultimately from the Greek word for "wild animal." The first theriac was supposedly created by the first-century Greek physician Andromachus, whose concoction consisted of some 70 drugs pulverized with honey. Medieval physicians created even more elaborate theriacs to dose a plague-dreading populace, for whom the possibility of a cure-all didn't seem too wild a notion at all.
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Reply #1 - Sep 30th, 2008, 7:03pm
 
"but there certainly is something comforting about eating it when you're feeling sick."  
 
You get the same sensation after 10 pints, a kebab and a dodgy curry on a saturday night lol
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Reply #2 - Oct 4th, 2008, 2:05pm
 
The Word of the Day is
 
jingoism \JING-goh-is-uhm\  
 
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Albert Einstein was a pacifist who found German jingoism, with its ultra-nationalistic ideology and militaristic policy, so objectionable that he left his homeland in 1933, never to return.  
 
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"Jingoism" originated during the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-1878, when many British citizens were hostile toward Russia and felt Britain should intervene in the conflict. Supporters of the cause expressed their sentiments in a music-hall ditty with this refrain:  
 
"We don't want to fight, yet by jingo if we do,
We've got the ships, we've got the men,
We've got the money, too!"  
Someone holding the attitude implied in the song became known as a "jingo" or "jingoist," and the attitude itself was dubbed "jingoism." The "jingo" in the tune is probably a euphemism for "Jesus."  
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