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Quote of the Day: May 30, 2020

Quote of the Day: May 30, 2020

Next to trying and winning, the best thing is trying and failing. Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942)

by · May 30, 2020 · Bulletin Board
Word of the Day: May 30, 2020

Word of the Day: May 30, 2020

prehension  Definition: (noun) The act of gripping something firmly with the hands (or the tentacles). Synonyms: taking hold, grasping, seizing Usage: A well-developed tail … might subsequently come to be worked in for all sorts of purposes, as a fly-flapper, an organ of prehension, or as an aid in turning. Discuss.

by · May 30, 2020 · Bulletin Board
Whose Birthday Is It? May 29, 2020

Whose Birthday Is It? May 29, 2020

Bob Hope (1903) Famous for his “ski-jump” nose, superb timing, and irreverent attitude, Hope was an immensely popular American comedian. He debuted in vaudeville in the 1920s and later performed on radio, television, stage, and in more than 50 films. He hosted the Oscars a record-breaking 17 times over 38 years. A master of comic monologues and mildly bawdy one-liners, he was a tireless entertainer of US troops overseas. When asked on his deathbed at age 100 where he wanted to be buried, how did he respond? More…

by · May 29, 2020 · Bulletin Board
Quote of the Day: May 29, 2020

Quote of the Day: May 29, 2020

A soul that is kind and intends justice discovers more than any sophist. Sophocles (496 BC-406 BC)

by · May 29, 2020 · Bulletin Board
Word of the Day: May 29, 2020

Word of the Day: May 29, 2020

insuperable  Definition: (adjective) Impossible to overcome. Synonyms: insurmountable, unconquerable Usage: The fact that he had made her an offer, and she had refused him, had placed an insuperable barrier between her and him. Discuss.

by · May 29, 2020 · Bulletin Board
Whose Birthday Is It? May 28, 2020

Whose Birthday Is It? May 28, 2020

Jean Louis Rodolphe Agassiz (1807) Agassiz was a Swiss-born naturalist and geologist. Noticing the presence of huge alpine boulders in areas of Switzerland where there are no glaciers, he hypothesized that glaciers had, at one time, been widespread in the area and had dragged the boulders there. This lent credence to his theory of a recent ice age. He was also a renowned teacher and did notable work with fossils. Agassiz was a lifelong opponent, on religious grounds, of what now-accepted scientific theory? More…

by · May 28, 2020 · Bulletin Board
Quote of the Day: May 28, 2020

Quote of the Day: May 28, 2020

The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it. Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

by · May 28, 2020 · Bulletin Board
Word of the Day: May 28, 2020

Word of the Day: May 28, 2020

extricate  Definition: (verb) To remove or free from complication, hindrance, or difficulty. Synonyms: disencumber, disentangle Usage: It will take quite a hefty sum to extricate me from my financial difficulties. Discuss.

by · May 28, 2020 · Bulletin Board
Whose Birthday Is It? May 27, 2020

Whose Birthday Is It? May 27, 2020

Cornelius Vanderbilt (1794) Cornelius was the patriarch of the famous Vanderbilt family. As a youth, he ferried freight and passengers in New York Harbor. As an adult, he gained control of most of the ferry lines around New York City and quickly expanded up and down the coast. He had similar success in the railroad business and died with an estate worth more than $100 million, the largest personal fortune accumulated in the US to that date. Why did Vanderbilt, who had 13 children, leave nearly everything to just one son? More…

by · May 27, 2020 · Bulletin Board
Quote of the Day: May 27, 2020

Quote of the Day: May 27, 2020

There lies at the back of every creed something terrible and hard for which the worshiper may one day be required to suffer. E. M. Forster (1879-1970)

by · May 27, 2020 · Bulletin Board
Word of the Day: May 27, 2020

Word of the Day: May 27, 2020

conflagration  Definition: (noun) A very intense and uncontrolled fire. Synonyms: inferno Usage: All the stock was destroyed in a warehouse conflagration. Discuss.

by · May 27, 2020 · Bulletin Board
Whose Birthday Is It? May 26, 2020

Whose Birthday Is It? May 26, 2020

Al Jolson (1886) Jolson was one of the most popular entertainers in the US in the 1930s. The son of a rabbi, he had planned to be a cantor but instead became a singer and comedian. By the age of 15, he was touring in vaudeville and minstrel shows. His 1909 blackface performance of “Mammy” was a hit, and he performed on Broadway and the radio. In 1927, he starred in the first feature-length “talkie,” The Jazz Singer. How do scholars differ in their analysis of Jolson’s use of blackface in his performances? More…

by · May 26, 2020 · Bulletin Board
Quote of the Day: May 26, 2020

Quote of the Day: May 26, 2020

If you desire to drain to the dregs the fullest cup of scorn and hatred that a fellow human being can pour out for you, let a young mother hear you call dear baby “it.” Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

by · May 26, 2020 · Bulletin Board
Word of the Day: May 26, 2020

Word of the Day: May 26, 2020

drudgery  Definition: (noun) Hard, menial, and monotonous work. Synonyms: donkeywork, plodding, grind Usage: The novelty soon wore off, and though she thought she was prepared for drudgery, she found it very tedious to go on doing the same thing day after day. Discuss.

by · May 26, 2020 · Bulletin Board