pomerium: Word of the day for August 15, 2017

pomerium , n :
(historical, Roman Empire) The tract of land denoting the formal, sacral ambit of a Roman city.
Today is Ferragosto, a public holiday in Italy. The term derives from the Latin feriae Augusti (holidays of the Emperor Augustus), and is said to have been introduced by Augustus after his victory at the Battle of Actium in 31 bce.

rupee: Word of the day for August 14, 2017

rupee , n :
The common name for the monetary currencies used in modern India, Mauritius, Nepal, Pakistan, the Seychelles, or Sri Lanka, often abbreviated ₨.
A silver coin circulating in India between the 16th and 20th centuries, weighing one tola (formerly 170–180 troy grains; from 1833, 180 troy grains).
Today is the Independence Day of Pakistan, one of the countries that calls its currency the rupee.

gunmetal: Word of the day for August 12, 2017

gunmetal , n :
(historical) A type of bronze used for making cannons.
An alloy of 88% copper, 10% tin and 2% zinc, originally used for making guns.
A dark grey or bluish-grey colour; gunmetal-grey.
American gunmaker Eliphalet Remington, who founded the Remington Arms company and designed the Remington rifle, died on this day in 1861.

find oneself: Word of the day for August 11, 2017

find oneself , v :
(idiomatic) To learn, or attempt to learn, what kind of person one is and what one wants in life.
(idiomatic) To unexpectedly or unintentionally begin to do or experience something.
(idiomatic) To be in a particular state of mind.
(literally) To find (something) for oneself.
(literally) To discover oneself to be in a particular place.