Quote of the Day

“Oh Beautiful for smoggy skies, insecticide grain, for strip-mined mountain’s majesty above the asphalt plain. America, America, man sheds his waste on thee, and hides the pines with billboard signs, from sea to oily sea.”

-George Carlin

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.