Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, November 16, 2015)
Word of the Day

tirade

Definition:(noun) A long angry or violent speech, usually of a censorious or denunciatory nature; a diatribe.
Synonyms:philippic, broadside
Usage: Milady had listened to all this menacing tirade with a smile of disdain on her lips, but rage in her heart.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Predicate Pronouns and Case

We commonly use personal pronouns in the possessive case predicatively. When pronouns that are not possessive are used predicatively, the conventional rule is to put them in the subjective case rather than the objective case. What is the only thing that pronouns in the objective case should be used as? More...
Article of the Day

The Four Humors

In the 3rd century BCE, Hippocrates introduced his theory of Humoralism. It was based on the notion that 4 fluids, each corresponding to one of the 4 elements, permeate the human body and cause disease when not in balance. Theories regarding the 4 humors—blood, black bile, yellow bile, and phlegm—expanded over the years, and in the 2nd century CE, Galen published a treatise which associated a specific temperament with each humor. What humor was thought to cause a melancholic disposition? More...
This Day in History

Hoxne Hoard Found in Britain (1992)

In 1992, a tenant farmer in the village of Hoxne, England, lost a hammer and asked a friend for help finding it with a metal detector. While searching the field, the friend discovered silver utensils, gold jewelry, and numerous gold and silver coins. Archaeologists notified of the find excavated the site the next day and found what has become known as the Hoxne Hoard—the largest hoard of late Roman silver and gold discovered in Britain. What objects are among its treasures? More...
Today's Birthday

Tiberius Julius Caesar Augustus (42 BCE)

Tiberius was the second Roman emperor. The stepson of the first Roman emperor, Augustus, he undertook his first military command at age 22 and earned great acclaim. Forced to give up his beloved wife to marry Augustus's daughter, he went into a self-imposed exile until he was recalled by Augustus and named his heir. As emperor, he initially ran the state efficiently and instituted reforms, but he became increasingly brutal. Who smothered Tiberius while he was recovering from an illness in 37 CE? More...
Quotation of the Day
Beauty ought to look a little surprised: it is the emotion that best suits her face. The beauty who does not look surprised, who accepts her position as her due—she reminds us too much of a prima donna.

E. M. Forster (1879-1970)

Idiom of the Day

from a mile away

Well or far in advance; exceptionally easily. More...
Today's Holiday

Bard of Armagh Festival of Humorous Verse (2018)

The town of Armagh, Northern Ireland, is featured in a famous ballad called "The Bard of Armagh." That poem's title inspired the name of the Bard of Armagh Festival of Humorous Verse, an annual event that has taken place since 1993. Poets appear before audiences to recite their works and compete for best poem. To determine the official entries, a selection process was established that ensures each poem does not exceed a length of 650 words and features humorous verse suitable for a family audience. The finals usually take place at the Armagh City Hotel. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: knowing

gnostic - Means "relating to knowledge" or "clever, knowing." More...

polyglot - Meaning "written in or knowing many languages," it is from Greek polu-, "many," and glotto, "tongue." More...

savoir vivre - Literally, "knowing how to live" or knowing how to get the most out of life. More...

scibility - The power of knowing. More...

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