Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, November 17, 2012)
Word of the Day

quittance

Definition:(noun) Payment of a debt or obligation.
Synonyms:repayment
Usage: I should have flung at him a quittance for my foolish stepfather's debts, and then dismissed him.
Article of the Day

The Saxon Wars

In 772 CE, Charlemagne invaded pagan Saxony—what is now northwestern Germany—intending to absorb the region into his Frankish realm. However, for the next 30 years, the Saxons had to be repeatedly re-conquered before their resistance was finally crushed. The Saxon pagans were converted to Christianity more than once before finally accepting Frankish rule. Charlemagne stood in as godfather for their leader, Widukind, at his baptism. What did Charlemagne do with the last unruly tribe of Saxons? More...
This Day in History

Elizabeth I Becomes Queen of England and Ireland (1558)

King Henry VIII of England died nine years after the birth of his much-desired male heir, Edward VI. However, Edward died at the age of 15, and his chosen successor—his cousin, Lady Jane Grey—was beheaded after a nine-day rule. Jane was succeeded by Henry VIII's eldest daughter, whose turbulent five-year-reign earned her the nickname "Bloody Mary." Mary died childless, and the crowning of her half-sister, Elizabeth, marked the beginning of an era of stability. How long did Elizabeth reign? More...
Today's Birthday

Lee Strasberg (1901)

Strasberg was an American theatrical director, teacher, and actor. Expanding upon the teachings of Konstantin Stanislavsky, Strasberg developed the practice of "method acting," in which actors use their own emotional memories as dramatic motivation. As director of the elite Actors Studio in New York City, he trained actors such as Marlon Brando, Marilyn Monroe, and Dustin Hoffman. He had a profound influence on American theater and film. What news did he receive on the day before he died? More...
Quotation of the Day
My last page is always latent in my first; but the intervening windings of the way become clear only as I write.

Edith Wharton (1862-1937)

Idiom of the Day

in favor (with someone)

Highly regarded (by someone); widely accepted or enjoyed (by someone). Primarily heard in US. More...
Today's Holiday

Festival Indígena (Jayuya Indian Festival) (2017)

The Jayuya Indian Festival was started in 1969, when new traces of the Taíno Indian culture were discovered in and around Jayuya, Puerto Rico. Festival events include Indian ceremonies and dances as well as concerts featuring fotutos (conch shells) as instruments. There is a ceremonial Taino ball game that resembles soccer, and a village (yukayeque) of thatched-roof huts that enables visitors to see how the Indians lived. Visitors can attend lectures on the Taino language and customs or take a tour of the caves containing the Indian drawings. More...
In the News

Campaigners Say Nerd and Geek Need New Definitions

For decades, the words nerd and geek have been considered derogatory terms, but dictionaries are now being pressured to update their definitions and remove these negative connotations. Campaigners say that self-proclaimed nerds and geeks have taken the labels as badges of honor, while society in general now celebrates a number of nerdy and geeky public figures—for example, Facebook founder and multibillionaire Mark Zuckerberg. Who is credited with inventing the word nerd in 1950? More...
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