Ameliorate

Word of the day  

sustain

Definition: v.tr. support, bear the weight of, esp. for a long period.
Synonyms: prolong, keep up
Etymology: ME f. AF sustein-, OF so(u)stein- stressed stem of so(u)stenir f. L sustinere sustent- (as SUB-, tenere hold) (more...)

Quote of the day  

A man reservesreserves his true and deepest love not for the species of woman in whose company he finds himself electrifiedelectrified and enkindled, but for that one in whose company he may feel tenderly drowsydrowsy.
by George Jean Nathan

Birthday of the day  

Afonso I of Portugal

Afonso I or Alfonso I (c. 1109, Guimarães or Viseu – 6 December 1185, Coimbra), more commonly known as Afonso Henriques (Portuguese pronunciation: [ɐˈfõsu ẽˈʁikɨʃ]), nicknamed 'the Conqueror' (Portuguese: o Conquistador), 'the Founder' (Portuguese: o Fundador) or 'the Great' (Portuguese: o Grande) by the Portuguese, and El-Bortukali ('the Portuguese') and Ibn-Arrik ('son of Henry', 'Henriques') by the Moors whom he fought, was the first King of Portugal. He achieved the independence of the southern part of the Kingdom of Galicia—County of Portugal—from the Kingdom of León, in 1139, doubling its area with the Reconquista, an objective that he pursued until his death, in 1185, after forty-six years of wars against the Moors.

Joke of the day  

One day a boy asked his grandpa 'grandpa make a frog sound' The grandfather asked why? The boy said, 'Grandma says when you croak we are going to Hawaii'

Thought of the day  

The things that one most wants to do are the things that are probably most worth doing.

Fact of the day  

285 – Diocletian appoints Maximian as Caesar, co-ruler.
 

Biography of the day  

Shelby Foote

Shelby Foote (17 Nov. 1916-27 June 2005), writer and historian, was born in Greenville, Mississippi, to Shelby Dade Foote and Lillian Rosenstock. His father, an executive with the meatpacking firm Armour and Company, came from an old and distinguished Mississippi family. The Footes lived in Jackson and Vicksburg, Mississippi, as well as towns in Alabama and Florida, during Shelby's early childhood. After his father's death in 1922, Shelby and his mother returned to Greenville.

Article of the day  

St James' Church

St James' Church is an Anglican parish church in Sydney, Australia. Named in honour of St James the Great, it is the oldest extant church building in the city's inner region and has been in continuous service since it was consecrated in February 1824. Its original ministry was to the early convict population of Sydney as well as to the administrative élite. In succeeding centuries, the church has maintained a special role in the city's religious, civic and musical life as well as close associations with the legal and medical professions. The church building was designed in the style of a Georgian town church by the transported convict architect Francis Greenway. Worship is in a style commonly found in the High Church and moderate Anglo-Catholic traditions of Anglicanism, in contrast to the majority of churches in its diocese where services are generally in the style associated with Low Church. The teaching at St James' has a more liberal perspective than most churches in the diocese on issues of gender and the ordination of women. Part of a historical precinct, it is listed on the Register of the National Estate and has been described as one of the world's 80 greatest man-made treasures.

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