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  • Jack Kerouac
    "If moderation is a fault, then indifference is a crime."
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  • The Great New England Hurricane
    Without warning, a powerful Category 3 hurricane slams into Long Island and southern New England, causing 600 deaths and devastating coastal cities and towns. Also called the Long Island Express, the Great New England Hurricane of 1938 was the most destructive storm to strike the region in the 20th ...
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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day
  • redoubtable

    Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for September 21, 2019 is:

    redoubtable • \rih-DOUT-uh-bul\  • adjective

    1 : causing fear or alarm : formidable

    2 : illustrious, eminent; broadly : worthy of respect


    The theater has hired a redoubtable director to direct its upcoming production.

    "There, amid the planers and sawdust, 46 craftsmen create custom-built pieces for private clients and for such redoubtable institutions as 10 Downing Street, Westminster Abbey, and even Hogwarts." — Mark Rozzo, Vanity Fair, May 2019

    Did you know?

    The word redoubtable is worthy of respect itself, if only for its longevity. It has been used in English for things that cause fear, dread, and apprehension since at least the 15th century and comes to us through Middle English from the Anglo-French verb reduter, meaning "to dread." That word comes ultimately from Latin dubitare, "to be in doubt" (by way of Anglo-French duter, douter, meaning "to doubt," also the source of English doubt). Things or people that are formidable and alarming can also inspire awe and even admiration, and it wasn't long before the meaning of redoubtable was extended from "formidable" to "illustrious" and "worthy of respect."

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