Word of the Day!
by Erica Papillion-Posey
In the magical, fantasy ridden world of opera potions, poisons and elixirs are bountiful! From the obvious Donizetti classic Elixir of Love and Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet to Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde, there is much bamboozling and abra-cadabra-ing going on. Well, this is where it all started….
1. a medicine sold with false or exaggerated claims and with no demonstrable value; quack medicine.
2. a scheme, theory, device, etc., esp. one to remedy social or political ills; panacea.
3. a medicine made by the person who recommends it.
4. a patent medicine.
1595–1605; Nostrum comes from Latin nostrum (remedium) , “our (remedy),” from nos , “we.”