Word of the Day

Word of the Day: Fey
 
Pronunciation: /fay/
 
Definition: (adj)
 
1) Marked by a foreboding of death or calamity
2) Marked by an otherworldly air or attitude
3) Crazy, touched
4) Excessively refined : precious
5) Quaintly unconventional : campy
6) Having supernatural powers of clairvoyance
 
Etymology: Old English fǣge (in the sense ‘fated to die soon’).
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Word of the Day

Word of the Day: Biennial
 
Pronunciation: \bī-ˈe-nē-əl\
 
Definition: (adj, noun)
 
1) occurring every second year
2) having a life cycle lasting two seasons
3) an event that occurs every two years
4) (botany) a plant having a life cycle that normally takes two seasons from germination to death to complete; flowering biennials usually bloom and fruit in the second season
 
Etymology: Early 17th century: from Latin biennis (from bi- ‘twice’ + annus ‘year’) + -al.

Quote of the Day

In Hinduism, Shiva is a deity who represents transformation. Through destruction and restoration, Shiva reminds us that endings are beginnings, and that our world is constantly undergoing a cycle of birth, death and rebirth.
 
Karen Salmansohn

On this Day in History

On this Day in History: Mother Nature kicked some major ass.
 
On this Day in History in 1138: Aleppo Earthquake, later source claims 230,000 killed.
 
On this Day in History in 1634: Burchardi flood – “the second Grote Mandrenke” kills about 15,000 in North Friesland, Denmark and Germany.
 
On this Day in History in 1737: Earthquake kills 300,000 and destroys half of Calcutta India.
 
On this Day in History in 1871: Great Chicago Fire is finally extinguished after 3 days, 300 killed.
 
On this Day in History in 1960: Hurricane ravages East-Pakistan (6,000 die).