Quote of the Day

patrick henry

“…What can make an adequate satisfaction to them for the loss they suffered in attaining such a Government for the loss of their liberty? If we admit this Consolidated Government it will be because we like a great splendid one. Some way or other we must be a great and mighty empire; we must have an army, and a navy, and a number of things: When the American spirit was in its youth, the language of America was different: Liberty, Sir was then the primary object…”

-Patrick Henry
Source: Anti-Federalist Argument from The Complete Anti-Federalist Volume 1 pp. 285-90

English/Spanish Cognate of the Day

English

corroborate v.- confirm or give support to (a statement, theory, or finding).

Spanish

corroborar

Etymology

1530s, “to give (legal) confirmation to,” from Latin corroboratus, past participle of corroborare “to strengthen, invigorate,” from com- “together” or “thoroughly” (seecom-) + roborare “to make strong,” from robur, robus “strength

English/Spanish Cognate of the Day

English

privation- n. the loss or lack of the basic things people need to live properly

Spanish

privación

Etymology

mid-14c., “action of depriving,” from Old French privacion and directly from Latin privationem (nominative privatio) “a taking away,” noun of action from past participle stem of privare “deprive” Meaning “want of life’s comforts or of some necessity” is attested from 1790.

Quote of the Day

“The essential act of war is destruction, not necessarily of human lives, but of the products of human labor. War is a way of shattering to pieces, or pouring into the stratosphere, or sinking into the depths of the sea, materials which might otherwise be used to make the masses too comfortable, and hence, in the long run, too intelligent.”

Р1984  George Orwell

English/Spanish Cognate of the Day

English

contumely n.

Rudeness or contempt arising from arrogance; insolence.

An insolent or arrogant remark or act.
Spanish
 contumelia

“Why, SHE don’t want him skinned; it would break her heart. Now – “

“Woman, this is perfectly unreasonable. What in the nation DOES she want?”

“Marse Tom, if you would only be a little patient, and not fly off the handle at the least little thing. Why, she only wants you to speak to him.”

“Speak to him! Well, upon my word! All this unseemly rage and row about such a – a – Dorcas, I never saw you carry on like this before. You have alarmed the sentry; he thinks I am being assassinated; he thinks there’s a mutiny, a revolt, an insurrection; he – “

“Marse Tom, you are just putting on; you know it perfectly well; I don’t know what makes you act like that – but you always did, even when you was little, and you can’t get over it, I reckon. Are you over it now, Marse Tom?”

“Oh, well, yes; but it would try anybody to be doing the best he could, offering every kindness he could think of, only to have it rejected with contumely and . . . Oh, well, let it go; it’s no matter – I’ll talk to the doctor. Is that satisfactory, or are you going to break out again?

A Horse’s Tale by Twain, Mark

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