We know you must be exhausted from the amount of information received this week, so we'll keep this issue very short and limited to purely linguistic stuff. Words of the day everyone!


On November 9, various linguistic and translation sources shared words of the day they believed best represented the date. We picked five of them, for you to choose from:


  1. Dictionary.com brought to our attention syncretism, “the attempted reconciliation or union of different or opposing principles, practices, or parties.” A term worth remembering these days!
  2. Oxford Dictionaries elected balafon (not to be confused with the Russian balabol), “a large xylophone with hollow gourds as resonators, used in West African music.” We're sure they're up to something!
  3. Merriam-Webster goes with triptych, “something composed or presented in three parts or sections.” I wonder which part are we going through right now?
  4. TheFreeDictionary chose “be in tall cotton,” which is technically not a word but an idiom. A good one, but why not “come up trumps”?
  5. Finally, Wiktionary thought that the best word to describe November 9 would be “puissance” (not to be confused with nuisance), which means “power, might or potency.” Well, we'll surely need this!

And, by a unanimous decision of the Smartcat.ai editorial staff, the word-of-the-day prize goes to...


... Merriam-Webster with Coquecigrue! “An imaginary creature regarded as an embodiment of absolute absurdity” — how cool is that! (Okay, it wasn't on the list — but, hey, it's better than choosing something worthless that was, right?) Take care and let us know which words of the day you would vote for!

About the author

Hi, I’m Vladimir “Vova” Zakharov, the Head of Community at Smartcat. Translation is my profession and my passion, and I’m excited to be able to share it with the amazing Smartcat community! Questions? Suggestions? Just tweet us or write to Facebook page!