nostrum \NOS-truhm\, noun:
1. A medicine of secret composition and unproven or dubious effectiveness; a quack medicine.2. A usually questionable remedy or scheme; a cure-all.
Nostrum comes from Latin nostrum (remedium), "our (remedy)," from nos, "we."
- Used as a filler during a pause in conversation. Doesn't necessarily mean something complimentary.
"I bought that new Fanta today."
- Granada: last Moorish stronghold in Spain, led by Muhammad XI, surrendered to Roman Catholic monarchs Ferdinand II and Isabella I (1492)
- Vulcan: the "discovery" of a planet closer to the Sun than Mercury was announced by French mathematician Urbain Jean Joseph Le Verrier; it proved to be nonexistent (1860)
- Russo-Japanese War: ended with Russian General Stoessel's letter of surrender to Japan's General Nogi (1905)
- 55 mph limit: Congress and President Richard Nixon set a national speed limit to conserve gasoline following the 1973 oil crisis (1974)