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Definition: (adjective) Enduring a very short time.
Synonyms:ephemeral, fugacious, passing, short-lived, transitory
Usage:The elderly woman was depressed and spent her days lamenting the transient beauty of youth. Discuss.

Article of the Day


Shays' Rebellion

Debt-ridden farmers, struck by the economic depression that followed the American Revolution, petitioned the Massachusetts state senate to halt foreclosure of mortgages on their property and imprisonment for debt. When the senate failed to undertake these reforms, armed rebels, led by Daniel Shays and other local leaders, forcibly closed a number of debtors' courts. The rebellion, suppressed in 1787, less than a year after it began, prompted the fledgling US government to make what changes? More... Discuss

This Day in History


Bank Robber "Baby Face" Nelson Killed in FBI Shootout (1934)

Born Lester Gillis, George "Baby Face" Nelson began his life of crime in his early teens. After a series of auto thefts and bank robberies, Nelson joined the notorious Dillinger gang, which was being pursued by the FBI. Despite his innocent-sounding nickname—given for his youthful appearance and small stature—Nelson hated police and FBI agents and hunted them at every opportunity, a pastime that ultimately led to his undoing. How many times was Nelson shot in his final shootout with FBI agents? More... Discuss

Today's Birthday


Jimi Hendrix (1942)

One of the tragic figures of 1960s pop music, the left-handed Hendrix taught himself to play the guitar, which he held upside down. His appearance at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 and the success of the album Are You Experienced? lifted him to instant stardom. A year after his legendary performance at Woodstock in 1969, Hendrix died at age 27 of an apparently accidental barbiturate overdose. Hundreds of people attended his funeral, including which well-known musicians? More... Discuss

Quotation of the Day

A promise must never be broken.

Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804) Discuss


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n. An evildoer; a villain
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Today's Holiday


Black Friday (United States)

Shoppers and retailers in the United States refer to the day after Thanksgiving as Black Friday because it marks the beginning of the Christmas commercial season and is traditionally a frenetic day of shopping. More... Discuss