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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.

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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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Word of the Day: July 30, 2020

Word of the Day: July 30, 2020

higgledy-piggledy  Definition: (adjective) In utter disorder. Synonyms: hugger-mugger, jumbled, topsy-turvy, disorderly Usage: My mother ordered me to straighten up my room and get rid of the higgledy-piggledy piles of clothing littering my floor.

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Whose Birthday Is It? July 29, 2020

Whose Birthday Is It? July 29, 2020

Ken Burns (1953) Burns is an acclaimed American director and producer of lengthy historical documentaries. Known for his extensive use of archival footage and photographs, he is considered one of the most influential documentarians in the US. His films have been among public television’s most-watched programs, and include The Civil War, Baseball, Jazz, The War, and The National Parks. The Civil War is considered to be his masterpiece. What is the “Ken Burns Effect”? More…

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Quote of the Day: July 29, 2020

Quote of the Day: July 29, 2020

Belladonna, n.: In Italian a beautiful lady; in English a deadly poison. A striking example of the essential identity of the two tongues. Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

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Word of the Day: July 29, 2020

Word of the Day: July 29, 2020

purloin  Definition: (verb) To steal, often in a violation of trust. Synonyms: cabbage, filch, pilfer, snarf, swipe, abstract, nobble, pinch, sneak, hook, lift Usage: Someone at the party purloined my emerald ring! Discuss.

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Whose Birthday Is It? July 28, 2020

Whose Birthday Is It? July 28, 2020

Malcolm Lowry (1909) Lowry was an English writer known for his articulation of the spiritual desolation of the modern individual. His reputation rests on the semi-autobiographical 1947 novel Under the Volcano. Set in Mexico—from which Lowry was once deported—it recounts the last day of a dispirited, alcoholic, former British consul. Though critically praised, it received popular recognition only after Lowry’s death—probably from the effects of alcoholism—at 47. What is listed as his official cause of death? More…

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Quote of the Day: July 28, 2020

Quote of the Day: July 28, 2020

Certainly virtue is like precious odors, most fragrant when they are incensed, or crushed: for prosperity doth best discover vice, but adversity doth best discover virtue. Francis Bacon (1561-1626) 

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