Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, November 22, 2015)
Word of the Day

phylactery

Definition:(noun) Either of two small leather boxes, each containing strips of parchment inscribed with quotations from the Hebrew Scriptures, one of which is strapped to the forehead and the other to the left arm; traditionally worn by Jewish men during morning worship, except on the Sabbath and holidays.
Synonyms:tefillin
Usage: Just before his bar mitzvah, David got a brand new set of phylacteries.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining the Comma

The comma ( , ) is one of the most commonly used punctuation marks in English. Generally speaking, commas are used to connect two or more elements in a sentence, but the way in which they do this varies widely, depending on what? More...
Article of the Day

The Tar

The tar is a long-necked lute found in Iran and throughout the Caucasus region. Its music was believed to cure a number of physical maladies and induce philosophical moods that compel listeners to reflect upon life. The tar's double-bowl shape is carved from mulberry wood, and a thin membrane of stretched lambskin covers the top. It has a number of adjustable frets as well as three double courses of strings. Tar, Persian for string, is the root for the names of what other instruments? More...
This Day in History

Juan Carlos I Becomes King of Spain (1975)

Juan Carlos was groomed for the role by his predecessor Francisco Franco, the Spanish leader who abolished the republic and declared Spain a representative monarchy. He acceded to the throne two days after Franco's death, becoming the first Spanish king since his grandfather was deposed in 1931. A popular monarch, he presided over Spain's transition to democracy and acted to maintain political stability. He competed in what Olympic event in 1972? More...
Today's Birthday

Mary of Guise (1515)

Mary of Guise was the queen consort of James V of Scotland and the mother of their daughter—the future Mary Queen of Scots. After the outbreak of war between Scotland and England, Mary arranged her daughter's betrothal to the French dauphin. Becoming regent, Mary of Guise made no secret of her desire to bring France and Scotland together. In 1559, the Protestants, led by John Knox and allied with England, rose against her and declared her deposed. What happened in the aftermath of her death? More...
Quotation of the Day
Of all the liars in the world, sometimes the worst are your own fears.

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

Idiom of the Day

a life of its own

The state of something that exists and thrives outside and beyond the control of the point of origin. More...
Today's Holiday

Thanksgiving (2018)

The first American Thanksgiving was entirely religious, and took place on December 4, 1619, but most Americans think of the first "official" Thanksgiving as the one that took place at Plymouth Colony in October 1621, a year after the Pilgrims first landed on the New England coast. Today, Thanksgiving is a time for family reunions and traditions, most of which center around the preparation of an elaborate meal featuring turkey and a dozen or so accompanying dishes. The widespread sales that begin in stores the next day mark the start of the Christmas shopping season. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: keyboard

fallboard - The hinged protective covering that protects the keyboard of a piano when it is not being played. More...

finger board - The part of a stringed instrument against which the fingers press the strings to vary the tone—as well as the keyboard of a piano, organ, etc. More...

home key - The home key is either of two keys on a keyboard acting as the base position for one's fingers in touch-typing (left F, right J). More...

octothorpe - The pound key on a keyboard or keypad is technically an octothorpe. More...

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