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Today’s word of the day is barratry, which is, among other meanings, the offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones. Someone who commits barratry is a barrator, a “a common mover and maintainer of suits and controversies.”
Today’s word of the day is pinchbeck, in the sense of “a cheap imitation.” It’s part of today’s list of the day, “not quite the real thing,” which contains words related to fakes, frauds, lies, and tricks.
Today’s word of the day is slub:
1. transitive verb To draw out and twist (a strand of silk or other textile fiber) in preparation for spinning.
2. noun A soft thick nub in yarn that is either an imperfection or purposely set for a desired effect.
3. noun A slightly twisted roll of fiber, as of silk or cotton.