Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, January 28, 2018)
Word of the Day

forswear

Definition:(verb) Formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually under pressure.
Synonyms:abjure, recant, resile, retract
Usage: "It's rank poison," said he, grasping the bottle by the neck, "and I forswear it! I've given up gambling, and I'll give up this too."
Daily Grammar Lesson

Superlative Adjectives

Superlative adjectives describe the attribute of a person or thing that is the highest (or lowest) in degree compared to the members of the noun’s group. What suffix is added to the end of an adjective to form a superlative adjective? More...
Article of the Day

DEET

DEET is the abbreviation of N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide, a chemical compound commonly used as an insect repellent. DEET was developed by the US Army following its experience with jungle warfare during World War II and entered civilian use in 1957. Intended to be applied to skin or clothing to protect against tick and mosquito bites, it is believed to work by blocking the receptors insects use to locate hosts. What potential detrimental health effects have been linked to its use? More...
This Day in History

Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice First Published (1813)

Austen wrote Pride and Prejudice while living at "Steventon," her father's Hampshire vicarage where she spent the first 25 years of her life. However, the book was not published until much later—in 1813, four years before her death. Like Austen's other novels, Pride and Prejudice is a comedy of manners that depicts the self-contained world of provincial ladies and gentlemen. In 2003, the novel placed second in a BBC poll for the "UK's Best-Loved Book." What book came first? More...
Today's Birthday

Arthur Rubinstein (1887)

Rubinstein was a Polish-American pianist whose enormous popularity spanned many decades. He debuted in 1900 and performed with moderate success until the 1930s, when he stopped performing for five years to improve his technique and reemerged as a giant of 20th-century music, active into his 80s. In the US, he was equally noted as soloist and chamber musician. His repertoire ranged from Bach to 20th-century Spanish composers, but he was particularly noted for his interpretation of what composer? More...
Quotation of the Day
I don't think of the past. The only thing that matters is the everlasting present.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

brainwave

A sudden idea or moment of inspiration; a brainstorm. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Charlemagne's Day (2018)

Charlemagne wasn't actually a saint at all; he was an emperor and the first ruler of the Holy Roman Empire, crowned in 800 by Pope Leo III. Although he was never able to read and write himself, Charlemagne, whose name means "Charles the Great," founded the University of Paris. In fact, his reign was marked by a huge cultural revival, including significant advances in scholarship, literature, and philosophy. He died on January 28, 814. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: pursuit

dachshund - German for "badger hound," from its original breeding purpose to pursue a badger (etc.) that has taken refuge in a burrow. More...

invite - Comes from Latin invitare, from an Indo-European root meaning "to go after something, pursue with vigor, desire." More...

logology - The pursuit of word puzzles; also the science of words. More...

sue - From Latin sequi, "follow," it first meant "follow, go in pursuit of." More...

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