Word of the Day

dupery
Definition: (noun) Something intended to deceive; deliberate trickery intended to gain an advantage. Synonyms: hoax, put-on, humbug, fraudulence. Usage: Even the most intelligent among us may be tempted by the dupery of Internet con artists if we are not careful. Discuss

embonpoint
Definition: (noun) The bodily property of being well rounded. Synonyms: plumpness, roundness. Usage: He had the lavish embonpoint of a pig.

reproachful
Definition: (adjective) Expressing reproof or reproach especially as a corrective. Synonyms: admonishing, reproving, admonitory. Usage: The milkmaid cast many reproachful glances over her shoulder at the clumsy strangers, holding her nicked elbow close to her side.

Today

Johan August Strindberg (1849)
Strindberg was a master of the Swedish language and an innovator of dramatic and literary styles. He achieved renown with the novel The Red Room, in which he satirized hypocrisy in Swedish life. It helped initiate Swedish realism and revealed his remarkable style, which he developed in an impressive assortment of novels, plays, stories, histories, and poems. Which of Strindberg's plays, now considered the first modern Swedish drama, was originally rejected by the national theater? Discuss

John Bodkin Adams (1899)
Adams was an Irish-born British physician suspected of having been a serial killer. Between 1946 and 1956, more than 160 of his patients, many of them elderly, died under suspicious circumstances—most leaving him money or items in their wills. He was tried for the murder of one patient but was acquitted. He was later convicted of other crimes, but never murder. A 2000 article in the British Medical Journal suggests that Adams may have been the role model for what other serial-killer doctor?

Federico Fellini (1920)
After collaborating on screenplays with Roberto Rossellini in the 1940s, Italian Federico Fellini turned from writing to directing films. His movies earned international acclaim, and a number of them won Academy Awards, including La Strada, 8 ½, and Amarcord. Filmed in color starting in 1965, his movies became a celebration of life, with its beauties and grotesqueries, as well as an exploration of Fellini's dream life. His wife starred in several of his films. Who was she?

Quote of the Day

Edwin Abbott
Few are the hearts whose happy lot it is at once to recognize in each other's voices the partner intended for them by Providence. Discuss

W. Somerset Maugham
When I read a book I seem to read it with my eyes only, but now and then I come across a passage, perhaps only a phrase, which has a meaning for me, and it becomes part of me.

Jonathan Swift
Nothing is so great an instance of ill manners as flattery. If you flatter all the company, you please none: if you flatter only one or two, you affront the rest.

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