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Word of the Day: August 6, 2020

Word of the Day: August 6, 2020

dingle  Definition: (noun) A small wooded hollow. Synonyms: dell Usage: For no reason but that his fancy led him, he … walked down the grassy sunny slope of the open meadow, and so came to the little dingle. Discuss.

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Whose Birthday Is It? August 5, 2020

Whose Birthday Is It? August 5, 2020

Neil Alden Armstrong (1930) Armstrong became a pilot at 16, studied aeronautical engineering, and won three medals as a US Navy pilot in the Korean War. He became test pilot in 1955 and joined the space program in 1962. He made history in 1969, when he became the first person to walk on the Moon, a feat he famously declared “one giant leap for mankind.” Though this brought him worldwide renown, he, for the most part, avoided the limelight. What unusual legal battle did he face with his barber in 2005? More…

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Quote of the Day: August 5, 2020

Quote of the Day: August 5, 2020

Judge the goodness of a book by the energy of the punches it has given you. I believe the greatest characteristic of genius, is, above all, force. Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880)

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Word of the Day: August 5, 2020

Word of the Day: August 5, 2020

insolence  Definition: (noun) An instance of insolent behavior, treatment, or speech. Synonyms: rudeness, cheek Usage: Sara sassed the teacher and was given detention for her insolence. Discuss.

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Whose Birthday Is It? August 3, 2020

Whose Birthday Is It? August 3, 2020

Elisha Graves Otis (1811) By 1852, Otis had already devised several inventions, including a safety brake for trains. While setting up a factory that year, he developed an automatic safety device to prevent heavy machinery from falling if a rope broke while the machinery was being hoisted. The first fail-safe, fall-safe passenger elevator quickly followed. It made possible the construction of skyscrapers, greatly altering the landscape of modern cities. What daring publicity stunt helped launch sales of Otis’s elevators? More…

by · August 3, 2020 · Bulletin Board
Quote of the Day: August 3, 2020

Quote of the Day: August 3, 2020

A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other. Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

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Word of the Day: August 3, 2020

Word of the Day: August 3, 2020

heart-to-heart Definition: (noun) An intimate talk in private. Synonyms: tête-à-tête Usage: It felt good to open up, and I left our heart-to-heart feeling as though a great weight had been lifted off my shoulders. Discuss.

by · August 3, 2020 · Bulletin Board
Whose Birthday Is It? August 2, 2020

Whose Birthday Is It? August 2, 2020

Myrna Loy (1905) Originally typecast in exotic roles, often as a vamp, film actress Myrna Loy soon earned praise for her witty sophistication in 1934’s The Thin Man. By 1936, she was a top box-office draw. Offscreen, she was never associated with Hollywood glamour or scandal. Instead, she was one of the few actors to protest against the House Committee on Un-American Activities during the McCarthy era. Her outspokenness on another issue resulted in her inclusion on what world leader’s personal blacklist? More…

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Quote of the Day: August 2, 2020

Quote of the Day: August 2, 2020

Taught from infancy that beauty is woman’s scepter, the mind shapes itself to the body, and roaming round its gilt cage, only seeks to adorn its prison. Mary Shelley (1797-1851)

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Word of the Day: August 2, 2020

Word of the Day: August 2, 2020

obduracy  Definition: (noun) Resoluteness by virtue of being unyielding and inflexible. Synonyms: adamance, unyieldingness Usage: My obduracy and hardheadedness often gets me in trouble at the negotiating table. Discuss.

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Whose Birthday Is It? July 31, 2020

Whose Birthday Is It? July 31, 2020

Milton Friedman (1912) Friedman was an American economist and a leading US advocate of monetarism, the belief that a nation’s money supply is the chief determinant of its economy. He wrote numerous books and was a frequent television commentator and magazine columnist, which made him one of the most publicly familiar US economists. Friedman served as an adviser to US presidents Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan. To what South American country did he provide economic advice following a military coup? More…

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Quote of the Day: July 31, 2020

Quote of the Day: July 31, 2020

As to the sufferers, whose sole inheritance was labor, and who had lost that inheritance; who could not get work, and consequently could not get wages, and consequently could not get bread; they were left to suffer on, perhaps inevitably left. Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855)

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Word of the Day: July 31, 2020

Word of the Day: July 31, 2020

circumnavigate  Definition: (verb) Travel around, either by plane or ship. Synonyms: compass Usage: Ferdinand Magellan was the first explorer to circumnavigate the globe. Discuss.

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Whose Birthday Is It? July 30, 2020

Whose Birthday Is It? July 30, 2020

Smedley Darlington Butler (1881) Born to a Quaker family in Pennsylvania, Butler joined the US Marines as a teenager. He was decorated for bravery and leadership and advanced through the ranks, but after retiring, he became a proponent of isolationism and an outspoken critic of the government. He believed that he and the military had been used to further the business interests of wealthy Americans under the pretense of defending the country. According to legend, whose long-lost amputated arm did Butler once locate? More…

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Quote of the Day: July 30, 2020

Quote of the Day: July 30, 2020

One soweth and another reapeth is a verity that applies to evil as well as good. George Eliot (1819-1880)

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