Word of the Day

dapper
Definition: (adjective) Marked by up-to-dateness in dress and manners. Synonyms: jaunty, natty, raffish, rakish, spiffy, spruce, dashing, snappy. Usage: He smiled pleasantly upon her, looking very dapper in evening dress and a silk hat. Discuss

turndown
Definition: (noun) The act of refusing an offer. Synonyms: nonacceptance. Usage: The turndown was polite but very firm, leaving no doubt that Roger thought our salary proposal was insufficient.

cross-grained
Definition: (adjective) Difficult to deal with. Synonyms: contrarious. Usage: Gabriel Grub was an ill-conditioned, cross-grained, surly fellow—a morose and lonely man, who consorted with nobody but himself.

Today

Maureen Connolly (1934)
Known as "Little Mo," Connolly was one of America's greatest female tennis players. At 14, she became the youngest winner of the National Girl's Tournament. At 16, she became the youngest player to win the US national singles championship and successfully defended the title in the two years that followed. She also won three straight Wimbledon championships starting in 1952. In 1953, she became the first woman to win all four Grand Slam tournaments in the same year. Why did she retire at age 19? Discuss

Julia Drusilla (16 CE)
Drusilla was the sister of the Roman Emperor Caligula, a man widely characterized as insane, autocratic, and cruel. Drusilla was reportedly her brother's favorite sibling. During banquets at his residence, she consistently occupied the seat of honor normally reserved for the host's wife and, perhaps because of this practice, was rumored to be Caligula's lover. Upon Drusilla's death, Caligula had the Roman Senate declare her "Diva Drusilla," deifying her as a representation of what goddess?

Dame Agatha Christie (1890)
Christie, a British mystery novelist and playwright known for her detective figures Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple, wrote over 75 novels, including Murder on the Orient Express and And Then There Were None. Her books have been translated into 100 languages and have sold over 100 million copies, and her play The Mousetrap, still running after 23,000 performances, holds the record for longest initial run in theatrical history. What prompted Christie's 1926 disappearance?

Quote of the Day

Miguel de Cervantes
That is the natural way of women...to scorn the one that loves them, and love the one that hates them. Discuss

Francis Bacon
Hope is a leaf-joy, which may be beaten out to a great extension, like gold.

W. Somerset Maugham
There was an immeasurable distance between the quick and the dead: they did not seem to belong to the same species; and it was strange to think that but a little while before they had spoken and moved and eaten and laughed.

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