Quote of the Day for 31st of January 

Here’s today’s quote on my author website JillMRoberts.com
Enjoy! 😊

Jill M Roberts

The dead can survive as part of the lives of those that still live.
Kenzaburō Ōe

Happy birthday, Kenzaburō Ōe! The Nobel Prize winner owes his love of stories to his mother, who bought him The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Wonderful Adventures of Nils when he was a young boy. Ōe has said he “will carry to the grave” the impact of these books on his life.

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Happy Saturday! Here’s today’s quote…


Human beings of any age need to approve of themselves; the bad times in history come when they cannot. 
Barbara W. Tuchman

Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Barbara W. Tuchman (born January 30, 1912) created her own law of historical research. Tuchman’s Law—first coined in her 1978 book, A Distant Mirror—is a psychological principle of “subjective probability” that leads chroniclers of history to depict events’ negative effects as being much more pervasive than they might actually be.

Word of the day for Friday, 29th of January 



 1. a highest point or state; culmination. 

 2. the point on the celestial sphere vertically above a given position or observer. 


And at the zenith of his fame, how he would suddenly appear at the old village and stalk into church, brown and weather-beaten, in his black velvet doublet and trunks, his great jack-boots, his crimson sash, his belt bristling with horse pistols, his crime-rusted cutlass at his side, his slouch hat with waving plumes, his black flag unfurled, with the skull and crossbones on it, and hear with swelling ecstasy the whisperings, “It’s Tom Sawyer the Pirate!–the Black Avenger of the Spanish Main!”
– Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, 1876

Hence it can hardly be wondered at that as his learning accumulated his practice dissolved, until at the very moment when he had attained the zenith of his celebrity he had also reached the nadir of his fortunes.
– Arthur Conan Doyle, The Mystery of Cloomber, 1889


Zenith comes from the Middle English cenith, which in turn traces back to the Old Spanish zenit. The lineage continues to the Arabic samt meaning “road” as in samt ar-rās, “road above one’s head.” 

Thank Goodness it’s Friday! Here’s today’s quote…


Better a cruel truth than a comfortable delusion. 
Edward Abbey
After graduating from high school, American essayist Edward Abbey (born January 29, 1927) decided to explore the American Southwest. He didn’t have a lot of money, so he traveled mostly by foot, hitchhiking and freight train hopping. The trip inspired a lifelong love of the desert country, eventually leading to his famous autobiographical work, Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness.

Today’s Word Fact is Whom


Over the last 200 years, the pronoun whom has been on a steady decline. Despite its waning use in speech and ongoing speculation about its imminent extinction, whom still holds a spot in the English language, particularly in formal writing. Understanding when and how to use this embattled pronoun can set your writing apart.

Whom is often confused with who. What’s the difference between these two pronouns? Who is a subjective-case pronoun, meaning it functions as a subject in a sentence, and whom is an objective-case pronoun, meaning it functions as an object in a sentence. Who, like I, he, she, and they, performs actions, as in Who rescued the dog? (who is doing the rescuing in this sentence). Whom, like me, him, her, and them, is acted on, as in Whom did you see? (whom is being seen here, not doing the seeing). Whom more commonly appears when it follows a preposition, as in the salutation To Whom it may concern (Does it concern he? No. Does it concern him? Yes.) or in the title of Ernest Hemingway’s 1940 novel For Whom the Bell Tolls.

How do you decide which one to use? When in doubt, substitute him (sometimes you’ll have to rephrase the sentence) and see if that sounds right. If him is OK, then whom is OK. If the more natural substitute is he, then go with who. For example: You talked to whom? It would be incorrect to say You talked to he? but saying You talked to him? makes grammatical sense.

That said, in informal speech and writing, speakers will often opt for who where whom has traditionally been used. This choice sounds more natural and less formal to most native English speakers.

Do you ever use whom?

Please let me know if you’ve had trouble with whom in the past, I know I did! 

Does this help with when and where to use it?

Have a wonderful day!

All My Best, 


Word of the day for 27th of January 



 1. inclined to quarrel or fight readily; quarrelsome; belligerent; combative. 


Pugnacious people, if they did not actually terrify Oscar, were at least the sort of people he could not control, and whom he feared as possibly able to coerce him.
– George Bernard Shaw, “My Memories of Oscar Wilde,” Oscar Wilde: His Life and Confessions by Frank Harris, 1916

In addition, Rose, in retirement, had often resorted to the headfirst, pugnacious style he displayed as a player, not always seeming contrite about what he had done wrong.
– Michael S. Schmidt, “Dear Pete Rose: It’s Still a No. Sincerely, Baseball,” New York Times, December 14, 2015


Pugnacious stems from the Latin pugnāre meaning “to fight,” and shares ancestry with English word pugilism meaning “the art or practice of fighting with the fists; boxing.” Pugnacious entered English in the mid-1600s. 


Here’s a great quote to get you over the hump of the week (also known as Wednesday 😊)


The world doesn’t make sense until you force it to. 
Frank Miller

Happy birthday, Frank Miller! The celebrated comic book artist has made multiple cameo appearances in film adaptations of his work—from murdered priest in Sin City to murdered “Man with Pen in Head” in Daredevil. (His characters never seem to stay alive long.)

Word of the Day for 25th of January 



 1. eager or excessive desire, especially to possess something; greed; avarice. 


“Now Jonah’s Captain, shipmates, was one whose discernment detects crime in any way, but whose cupidity exposes it only in the penniless. In this world, shipmates, sin that pays its way can travel freely…”
– Herman Melville, Moby Dick, 1851

But the chevaux-de-frise of branches now lay within reach of his arm, and the very appearance of precaution it presented, as it announced the value of the effects it encircled, tempted his cupidity, and induced him to proceed.
– James Fenimore Cooper, The Prairie, 1827


Cupidity can be traced to the Latin word cupidus meaning “eager, desirous” from the Latin verb cupere “to desire.” 


Here’s a Great Quote for the Monday blues!

This is something we all need to do more often!

There’s nothing like deep breaths after laughing that hard. Nothing in the world like a sore stomach for the right reasons. 

Stephen Chbosky
Happy birthday, Stephen Chbosky! The American author spent five years thinking about the main plot ideas that would lead him to write The Perks of Being a Wallflower. The main character, Charlie, is loosely based on himself, and “countless details” in the novel are taken from his own adolescence.