Quote of the Day

Strange to see how a good dinner and feasting reconciles everybody.

Samuel Pepys

May 31, 1669: As a concession to his failing eyesight, Samuel Pepys stopped writing in his famous diary, 344 years ago today. The decade-long volume is a valuable look at daily life during the Restoration.

Quote of the Day

The bravest people are the ones who don’t mind looking like cowards.

T.H. White

May 29, 1906: Born in Bombay to British parents, T.H. White’s novels, including The Sword in the Stone, popularized the Arthurian legend and were a strong influence on J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series.

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Word of the Day

[ ahy-suh-LEY-toh ]
Definition: a person who is spiritually isolated from or out of sympathy with his or her times or society.
– noun
a person who is spiritually isolated from or out of sympathy with his or her times or society.

Also, in the years since the events you are investigating, my life has been that of an isolato , a shepherd on a mountaintop, situated as far from so-called civilization as possible, and it has made me unnaturally brusque and awkward.
– Russell Banks, Cloudsplitter , 1998
There is, of course, Paul’s unremitting aloneness: he is in every sense an isolato , and if this state is elicited by his impertinence and his refusal to conform, it is brought about as well by the inability of all those around him to perceive either his uniqueness or his pain.
– Philip Stevick, The American Short Story , 1984
The most predictable Justices now on the Court, Antonin Scalia and Thomas, seem brooding isolatoes , openly contemptuous of the doctrinal laxness of their brethren.
– Louis Menand, “Decisions, Decisions,” The New Yorker , July 11, 2005


[ mawr-DEY-shuhs ]
Definition: sharp or caustic in style, tone, etc.
– adjective
sharp or caustic in style, tone, etc.
biting or given to biting.

She was hoping that neither Garth nor Otto would bungle and embarrass her and that we wouldn’t be the brunt of some mordacious Page Six gossip column for arriving in an old car.
– Brian M. Wiprud, Pipsqueak , 2004
Emma had almost made it into the safety of the kitchen when out of the dark, and away from the masses, Patrick appeared. “Well, well, well.” His tone was mordacious.
– Jane Sigaloff, Technical Hitch , 2005

Quote of the Day

Quote of the Day

Jerome K. Jerome
In the sun-time, when the world is bounding forward full of life, we cannot stay to sigh and sulk … but if the misfortune comes at 10PM, we read poetry or sit in the dark and think what a hollow world this is.



Word of the Day
Definition: (noun) Abusive or venomous language used to express blame or censure or bitter, deep-seated ill will.
Synonyms: invective, vitriol
Usage: From one open shop came the sound of blows and vituperation, and just as the officer came up to it a man in a gray coat with a shaven head was flung out violently.