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Word of the Day

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Definition: Said or done without having been planned or written in advance.
Synonyms: spontaneous, unwritten


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Today’s Holiday

Feast of St. Augustine of Hippo

St. Augustine is best known for his spiritual autobiography, the Confessions, which detail the excesses of his youth, his career as a teacher of rhetoric, his years as a believer in Manicheism and Platonism, and his belated conversion to Christianity. It is primarily for his writings that he is known as the patron saint of theologians and scholars, and one of the “Four Latin Fathers” of the Christian Church. When Spanish soldiers landed on the coast of Florida on St. Augustine’s Day in 1565, they named the U.S.’s oldest European community after him.More…


Quote of the Day
It is as natural to die, as to be born; and to a little infant, perhaps, the one is as painful, as the other.
Francis Bacon
(1561-1626)


Word Trivia

Today’s topic: midnight

beauty sleep – First defined as sleep taken before midnight, regarded as the most refreshing portion. More…

mesonoxian – Means "of or related to midnight." More…

quarternight – Halfway between sundown and midnight. More…

small hours – Midnight or 1 a.m. to dawn, when the numbered hours are "small." More…


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Match each word in the left column with its synonym on the right. When finished, click Answer to see the results. Good luck!

 


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