Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, January 19, 2019)
Word of the Day

insomniac

Definition:(adjective) Experiencing or accompanied by sleeplessness.
Synonyms:sleepless, watchful
Usage: Every night, I'm woken by the sound of creaking floorboards as my insomniac husband leaves for another late-night snack.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Prepositional Phrases

A prepositional phrase is made up of at least a preposition and its object, which can be a noun, pronoun, or a noun phrase. What is an adjectival prepositional phrase? More...
Article of the Day

The Rock of Gibraltar

Home to the British colony of Gibraltar, the Rock of Gibraltar is a limestone promontory at the tip of Spain that guards the northeastern end of the Strait of Gibraltar, linking the Mediterranean Sea with the Atlantic Ocean. It contains many caves and defense works and is home to a colony of macaques—the only wild primates in Europe. Known also by its Latin name, Calpe, the Rock of Gibraltar is considered one of the Pillars of Hercules described in ancient mythology. What is the other "pillar"? More...
This Day in History

Sten Sture the Younger Mortally Wounded in Battle (1520)

Sture was a Swedish statesman and regent of Sweden. When he refused to recognize Christian II of Denmark as king of Sweden, Christian sent a force to aid Sture's rival, Archbishop Gustaf Trolle, whom Sture had deposed and who was besieged in his castle. Sture defeated the Danish army and imprisoned Trolle. Warfare continued, and Sture was killed in battle, but not before he paved the way for Swedish independence, which was attained under Gustavus I. What was done to Sture's body after his death? More...
Today's Birthday

Edgar Allan Poe (1809)

Considered one of the most brilliant and original writers in American literature, Poe was a poet, short-story writer, and critic whose skillfully wrought tales and poems convey with passionate intensity the mysterious, dreamlike, and often macabre forces that pervaded his sensibility. He also pioneered the detective fiction genre with stories such as "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" and "The Purloined Letter." What mysterious, six-decade-old tradition at Poe's Baltimore grave was broken in 2010? More...
Quotation of the Day
Soap and education are not as sudden as a massacre, but they are more deadly in the long run.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

twinkly-eyed

Happy, cheerful, innocent, and good-natured. More...
Today's Holiday

Epiphany (Russia) (2019)

On January 19th, members of the Russian Orthodox Church ritually bathe in a river or lake. The day marks the Baptism of Jesus Christ in the River Jordan, an event called the Epiphany. Bathing outside on that day, Orthodox Christians believe, washes away sin. As believers cut holes in the ice with chainsaws and plunge into the frigid water, priests chant prayers to bless the water. Altars and crosses made of ice and snow are sometimes constructed near the bathing site. Authorities advise against the practice, especially in the freezing temperatures of a Russian winter. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: revolution

gyre - A circular movement or revolution; to cause to spin around or whirl. More...

rebellion, revolution - Rebellion is open resistance to a government or authority; revolution is a rebellion that succeeds in overthrowing the government and establishing a new one. More...

rev - An abbreviation of revolution. More...

young Turk - Term for a tyrannical or unmanageable man, based on the members of a party of Turkish agitators that brought about the revolution of 1908. More...

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