Quotes from some born this week:

 

"They are able because they think they are able."

Virgil (10/15/0070 - 09/21/0019 BC)

Roman writer

 

"Less judgment than wit is more sail than ballast."

William Penn (10/14/1644 - 07/30/1718)

English-US Quaker leader, colonist

 

"Language is not an abstract construction of the learned, or of dictionary

makers, but is something arising out of the work, needs, ties, joys,

affections, tastes, of long generations of humanity, and has its bases broad

and low, close to the ground."

Noah Webster (10/16/1758 - 05/28/1843)

US writer

 

"I had been able to observe that there was a sprightly sportsman behind the

counter mixing things out of bottles and stirring them up in long glasses

that seemed to have ice in them, and the urge came upon me to see more of

this man."

P. G. Wodehouse (10/15/1881 - 02/14/1975)

English writer

 

"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."

Eleanor Roosevelt (10/11/1884 - 11/07/1962)

US first lady (33)

 

"Learning is not compulsory, but neither is survival."

W. Edwards Deming (10/14/1900 - 12/20/1993)

US educator

 

"Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are,

you aren't."

Margaret Thatcher (10/13/1925 - )

British Prime Minister (49)

 

"I have yet to see any problem, however complicated, which, when you looked

at it in the right way, did not become still more complicated."

Poul Anderson (10/17/1932 - 08/15/1994)

US writer

 

"The thought that life could be better is woven indelibly into our hearts

and our brains."

Paul Simon (10/13/1941 - )

US singer songwriter

 

( www.born-today.com )

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This week's word:

 

Epistemic \ep-uh-STEE-mik\ adjective

 

Which is correct?

 

a) of or relating to knowledge or knowing; cognitive

b) scrupulously and conscientiously faithful

c) requiring or devoted to medical treatment

 

 

Last week's noun was 'nexus', which means:

1 : connection, link; also : a causal link

2 : a connected group or series

3 : center, focus

 

"Nexus" is all about connections. The word comes from "nectere," a Latin

verb meaning "to bind." A number of other English words are related to

"nectere." The most obvious is "connect," but "annex" (meaning "to attach

as an addition," or more specifically "to incorporate into a political

domain") is related as well. When "nexus" came into English in the 17th

century, it meant "connection." Eventually, it took on the additional

meaning "connected series" (as in "a nexus of relationships"). In the past

few decades it has taken a third meaning: "center" (as in "the trade nexus

of the region"), perhaps from the notion that a point in the center of an

arrangement serves to join together the objects that surround it.

 

( from www.m-w.com )

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The average human scalp contains between 120,000 and 150,000 hairs.

 

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Lucy Hobbs Taylor was the first woman in the US to become a certified

dentist in 1867.

 

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The # symbols is often referred to as a "number sign" or "pound sign." Its

actual name is an octothorpe.

 

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Celery has negative calories - it takes more calories to eat and digest a

piece of celery than the celery has in it initially.

 

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A car's instrument panel is called a dashboard. The term dates back to

horse-and-buggy days when dashing horses kicked up mud, splashing the

passengers riding behind them. The dashboard was devised to protect them.

 

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This week's cocktail:

 

Think Pink

 

3/4 oz Rum

3/4 oz Passoa

Fill with Sprite

Ice Cubes

 

Combine Rum and Passoa (Passion Fruit Liqueur), toss in some ice and fill

with Sprite.

 

( from www.webtender.com )

 

tim

 

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