☆ (theidolhands) wrote in 1word1day,


Saturday & Sunday Words: Dacha & Zoopraxiscope

da·cha [ˈdäCHə]:
origin: [1895-1900] (дча) Russian; a gift.

A summer home, a rustic cottage used as a get-away during the warmer months.

Originally these plots of land were given by the tsar, later on by the Communist Party members as a reward. It was a precious item in a place where buying property wasn't possible and finding a get-away on a low income was tough. People formed such fond memories of these retreats that the word "dacha" became synonymous with an entire lifestyle.

Two boxers duke it out.

zo·o·prax·i·scope [ZOH-uh-PRACKS-uh-scohp]:
origin: [1879] British; Invented by Eadweard Muybridge, taken from "Zoopraxigraphical Hall where the photographer lectured.

An early form of photography and film, used to amuse, as well as explore motion; a wheel contained one of many stop-motion images, when put in succession and spun would create a miniature film! See also: zoetrope, phenakistoscope, and thaumatrope.

You might even say the zoopraxiscope was the "gif" of its era!

Tags: british, d, noun, russian, wordsmith: theidolhands, z

  • Tuesday word: Intrepid

    Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021 Intrepid (adjective) in·trep·id [in-trep-id] adjective 1. resolutely fearless; dauntless: an intrepid explorer. WORDS…

  • Sunday Word: Copacetic

    Sunday Word: Copacetic copacetic [koh-p uh- set-ik, - see-tik] adjective: (informal) fine, OK, agreeable, totally satisfactory, in excellent…

  • Tuesday word: Servile

    Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021 Servile (adjective) ser·vile [sur-vil, -vahyl] adjective 1. slavishly submissive or obsequious; fawning: servile…

  • Post a new comment


    Comments allowed for members only

    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded