Word of the Day

Definition: (verb) Fill with sublime emotion. Synonyms: beatify, exhilarate, tickle pink, exalt, thrill. Usage: He receives your propositions with an enthusiasm which cheers, and plunges into their accomplishment with an alacrity which almost inebriates. Discuss

Definition: (adjective) Inclined to help or support; not antagonistic or hostile. Synonyms: friendly, favorable. Usage: Margaret, the other sister, was a good-humored, well-disposed girl.

Definition: (noun) The act of harassing someone playfully or maliciously (especially by ridicule); provoking someone with persistent annoyances. Synonyms: tantalization, teasing. Usage: After falling from his chair in front of the entire senior management team, Harold spent the rest of the week suffering his coworkers' ribbing.


Linus Carl Pauling (1901)
An American chemist, Pauling was the first person to win two unshared Nobel Prizes: one for chemistry in 1954 and one for peace in 1962. He was one of the first to study molecular structure using quantum mechanics, and he made discoveries in biochemistry and medicine. In the 1950s, he became concerned about nuclear weapons testing and radioactive fallout and wrote an appeal—signed by thousands of scientists—to halt such tests. What publication called his peace prize "A Weird Insult from Norway"? Discuss

Hugo LaFayette Black (1886)
Black was a US Supreme Court Justice for 34 years. A prominent supporter of the New Deal, he was also in the majority that struck down mandatory school prayer and guaranteed the availability of legal counsel to suspected criminals. He was known for an absolutist belief in the Bill of Rights, and his last major opinion supported the right of The New York Times to publish the Pentagon Papers, which revealed improper government conduct. To what secret society did Black once belong?

Christopher Marlowe (1564)
A shoemaker's son, Marlowe attended Cambridge University and then became an actor and dramatist in London. His plays, such as Dr. Faustus and The Jew of Malta, often center on a heroic personality ruined by his own ambition. Most critics hold that the poetic beauty of his language elevates his plays' violence to high art, and many believe that he influenced Shakespeare's work. At 29, he was stabbed to death in a tavern brawl, possibly due to his involvement in what covert activity?

Quote of the Day

Lucy Maud Montgomery
It's so easy to be wicked without knowing it, isn't it? Discuss

Virginia Woolf
I meant to write about death, only life came breaking in as usual.

Lucy Maud Montgomery
I do know my own mind…The trouble is, my mind changes and then I have to get acquainted with it all over again.

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