Word of the Day
- In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.
Quote of the DayNatural selection, as it has operated in human history, favors not only the clever but the murderous.
- Barbara Ehrenreich (b. 1941), U.S. author, columnist.