Last updated on April 16, 2014 at 8:52 EDT
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 Day
It is sometimes important for science to know how to forget the things she is surest of.

- Jean Rostand (1894 - 1977)
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