Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, March 15, 2015)
Word of the Day

pastoral

Definition:(adjective) Idyllically rustic.
Synonyms:arcadian, bucolic
Usage: Last I heard he bought a cottage on farmland and now leads a perfectly pastoral existence.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Past Simple Tense

The past simple tense (also called the simple past tense, or simply the past simple) is used to express completed actions. The past simple is often used with what other part of speech? More...
Article of the Day

Archie Comics

Archie Comics is an American comic-book publisher that started out as MLJ Comics in 1939. Its early titles featured generic superheroes that were innovative but failed to find popularity. In 1941, a teenage humor strip called Archie became a hit with the emerging youth culture, prompting the name change to Archie Comics. The comic varies with regard to character details and settings, but Archie is perpetually mired in a love triangle with Betty and Veronica. What is Archie's full name? More...
This Day in History

Russian Settlers Establish Fort Ross, California (1812)

Located in what is now Sonoma County, California, Fort Ross was in operation from 1812 to 1841 as a trading outpost for the Russian-American Company. The southernmost settlement in the Russian colonization of North America, it was established as an agricultural base to supply Alaska. Fort Ross was the site of California's first windmills and shipbuilding yards, and Russian scientists there were among the first to record California's cultural and natural history. How did the Fort get its name? More...
Today's Birthday

Isabella Augusta, Lady Gregory (1852)

Although she was born a member of the upper class, which traditionally identified with British rule in Ireland, Gregory embraced Irish cultural nationalism and became an extremely important figure of the Irish literary revival. She collected and published several volumes of Irish folk tales, wrote and translated dozens of plays, and directed multiple theater companies. The name of Irish author Denis Johnston's play The Old Lady Says No! refers to what incident involving Gregory? More...
Quotation of the Day
I wonder if anyone else has an ear so tuned and sharpened as I have, to detect the music, not of the spheres, but of earth, subtleties of major and minor chord that the wind strikes upon the tree branches. Have you ever heard the earth breathe?

Kate Chopin (1851-1904)

Idiom of the Day

make like a banana and split

humorous slang To depart or leave, especially at once or in a hurry. (A pun on "to split," a slang term meaning to leave or depart, and a "banana split," an ice-cream-based dessert featuring a banana halved lengthwise.) More...
Today's Holiday

Anna Parenna Festival (2018)

Anna Perenna was a Roman goddess who represented the circle or ring of the year—Anna being the feminine form of annus (meaning "year") and March, the month her festival was observed, being the first month of the Roman calendar. On the day of her festival, the plebs of Rome went to the Campus Martius, a large field outside the walls of the city, and lay about on the grass, often constructing simple huts out of stakes and branches with togas stretched across the top. They spent the day drinking, dancing, and singing, returning to the city at night in a state of deep intoxication. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: merchandise

bale - A package of merchandise. More...

avoirdupois weight, Imperial weight - Avoirdupois or Imperial weight is commonly used to measure food, people, and merchandise. More...

emporeutic - Means pertaining to merchandise or to trade. More...

merchant, merchandise - Merchant and merchandise come from Latin mercari, "to trade." More...

In the News

Raising the Smoking Age Could Bring Big Benefits

The public health benefits of barring people under age 21 from buying cigarettes could be tremendous, including "4.2 million fewer years of life lost" among the next generation of American adults, according to a report released this week by the Institute ... More...
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