Word of the Day

deface
Definition: (verb) Mar or spoil the appearance of. Synonyms: blemish, disfigure. Usage: The vandals defaced the statue by drawing a mustache on it. Discuss

billow
Definition: (verb) Rise up as if in waves. Synonyms: wallow. Usage: Smoke from the burning building billowed up into the sky, obscuring the sun.

epigram
Definition: (noun) A witty, often paradoxical remark, concisely expressed. Synonyms: quip. Usage: These gentlemen were obliged to be civil in public, yet they cut at each other with epigrams that were as sharp as razors.

Today

Sidney Lumet (1924)
Lumet was an American film and television director with over 50 films to his name, three of which received Academy Award nominations for Best Director. He began acting as a child, appearing in Yiddish productions and on Broadway. After serving in WWII, he began directing plays and teaching acting. He directed more than 200 television dramas before making his debut as a movie director in 1957 with the acclaimed Twelve Angry Men. For what did Lumet receive an Academy Award in 2005? Discuss

Ernst Heinrich Weber (1795)
Weber was a German physiologist who is known for his work on touch and for the formulation of Weber's law—which states that the increase in stimulus necessary to produce an increase in sensation is not fixed but depends on the strength of the preceding stimulus. Weber's law led to the discipline of psychophysics and serves as the basis of the scales used to measure the loudness of sounds. He is considered a founder of experimental psychology and is also known for what discoveries in anatomy?

Bob Fosse (1927)
Born into a vaudeville family, Fosse began dancing professionally at age 13. He won his first Tony Award for choreographing the Broadway musical The Pajama Game in 1954 and went on to win six more Tonys for his choreography, which was known for its sensuality, precision, and jazz sensibility. His later hit shows included Damn Yankees and Sweet Charity—both starring his wife, Gwen Verdon. Fosse was the first person to win what three awards in the same year?

Quote of the Day

Sophocles
How dreadful it is when the right judge judges wrong. Discuss

Charlotte Bronte
Misery generates hate.

Mark Twain
It takes your enemy and your friend, working together, to hurt you to the heart: the one to slander you and the other to get the news to you.

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