Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, April 16, 2019)
Word of the Day

lampblack

Definition:(noun) A black colloidal substance consisting wholly or principally of amorphous carbon and used to make pigments and ink.
Synonyms:crock, smut, soot
Usage: Our pilgrims would have liked very well to get out their lampblack and stencil-plates and paint their names on that rock.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Idioms that End with Prepositions

Idioms that end with prepositions are typically phrasal verbs and consist of a verb followed by a preposition, a particle, or a particle with a preposition. What are the most common prepositions found at the end of prepositional idioms? More...
Article of the Day

Gentleman

In English law, a gentleman was one who bore a coat of armor, was entitled to bear arms, and ranked above yeomen. However, by the 19th century, the word’s association with social rank had diminished, and rather than signify a distinction of blood, the term came to describe a man who is cultured, courteous, and well-educated. Today, it is often used, alongside "lady," to emphasize norms expected in polite society. What qualities are associated with the Confucian "gentleman," the junzi? More...
This Day in History

Tensions between US and USSR First Described as "Cold War" (1947)

Lasting from the end of WWII until 1991, the Cold War was a period of political hostility and military tension between the Western powers, primarily the US and its allies, and the Communist bloc. Although there were a number of military conflicts during this time, including the Berlin Blockade, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Cold War was waged mainly on political, economic, and propaganda fronts. Who first used the term "Cold War" to describe the conflict? More...
Today's Birthday

Jules Hardouin Mansart (1646)

Mansart was a French architect and town planner who completed the Palace of Versailles. Favored by Louis XIV, he was made the chief architect for royal buildings. After enlarging the château of Saint-Germain-en-Laye, he began work at Versailles. Much of his work was executed in Roman baroque style, but some of his designs at Versailles point toward the lightness and elegance of the rococo. The impressive Dôme des Invalides in Paris is considered his greatest achievement. Who was his great uncle? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is not from nature, but from education and habits, that our wants are chiefly derived.

Henry Fielding (1707-1754)

Idiom of the Day

close as the bark to the tree

As connected as is possible. Often used to describe a particularly intimate relationship or friendship. More...
Today's Holiday

Emancipation Day (Washington, D.C.) (2019)

In Washington, D.C., April 16th is celebrated as Emancipation Day, commemorating the day in 1862 when President Abraham Lincoln signed into law the District of Columbia Emancipation Act, nine months prior to the Emancipation Proclamation. More than 3,000 slaves were freed under this agreement. Since 2005, the date has been a legal holiday in the District. Events are scheduled throughout the preceding week, and the observance culminates on the 16th in a day of festivities and entertainment, beginning with a parade down Pennsylvania Avenue in the morning. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: stare

extant - Comes from Latin ex-, "out," and stare, "to stand," and means "currently or actually in existence." More...

stare - Its etymological notion is "fixity" or "rigidity," from a Germanic base meaning "be rigid." More...

gaure - To stare in astonishment. More...

gorgonize - To stare at with a petrifying look. More...

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