Word of the Day
- A kind of pear that has a rough astringent taste.
- Anything that stops the mouth; an unanswerable argument; an aspersion or a sarcasm by which a person is put to silence.
'Choke-pear' referring to the fruit was coined around 1530, says the OED. The figurative sense originated around 1573.
Quote of the DayThe most heated defenders of a science, who cannot endure the slightest sneer at it, are commonly those who have not made very much progress in it and are secretly aware of this defect.
- . C. Lichtenberg (1742 - 1799), German physicist, philosopher.