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Word of the DayLEGERDEMAIN (Noun, English) Skilled, dexterous use of the hands when performing magical tricks. Has also taken on a pejorative meaning of deceit or trickery. Note: Cited originally in English during the 16th century. From the French phrase 'léger de main' (light of hand).
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Forming the plural of a noun in English is pretty easy — mostly you add final -s to the singular form (with occasional spelling modifications: story -> stories). Linguists refer to nouns that form their plurals with final -s as … Continue reading
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