Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, May 1, 2016)
Word of the Day

arriviste

Definition:(noun) A person who has recently attained high position or great power but not general acceptance or respect; an upstart.
Synonyms:nouveau-riche, parvenu, upstart
Usage: The arriviste tried to gain acceptance into society through ostentatious displays of his newfound wealth, but his actions only inspired resentment.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Modal Auxiliary Verbs

A modal auxiliary verb is used to change the meaning of other verbs by expressing possibility, likelihood, ability, permission, obligation, or future intention. How many "true" modal auxiliary verbs are there? More...
Article of the Day

The Federal Reserve

The US Federal Reserve was created in response to the Bank Panic of 1907, a financial crisis in the US during which the stock market crashed and the economy entered a recession. “The Fed” is a central banking system and note-issuing authority that regulates the country's credit and monetary policy. It is comprised of 12 regional Federal Reserve Banks located throughout the US, various member banks, and a supervisory Federal Reserve Board. What are some criticisms of the Federal Reserve System? More...
This Day in History

Founding of the Illuminati (1776)

The Illuminati were members of a rationalistic society founded in Germany by Adam Weishaupt. Having close affinities with the Freemasons and seemingly organized on a Masonic plan, the group was briefly very popular among German rationalists but had limited influence. The Roman Catholic Church, which Weishaupt left in his youth and rejoined before his death, condemned the Illuminati. In 1785, the Bavarian government dissolved the organization. What conspiracy theories involve the Illuminati? More...
Today's Birthday

Calamity Jane (1852)

Born Martha Jane Canary, Calamity Jane was a legendary American frontierswoman. She grew up in Montana and worked in mining camps, where she acquired riding and shooting skills. In 1876, she appeared in Deadwood, South Dakota, the site of new gold strikes, boasting of her marksmanship and her exploits as a pony-express rider and as a scout with Custer's forces. It was there that she likely met Wild Bill Hickok, who would become her companion. How did Jane claim to have acquired her nickname? More...
Quotation of the Day
But that intimacy of mutual embarrassment, in which each feels that the other is feeling something, having once existed, its effect is not to be done away with.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

curdle (one's) blood

To terrify someone. More...
Today's Holiday

Law Day (2019)

It was the American Bar Association that persuaded President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1958 to set aside a day to commemorate the role of law in the United States. But it wasn't until 1961 that a joint resolution of Congress designated May 1 as Law Day, and President John F. Kennedy asked Americans to display the flag and observe the occasion with appropriate programs—typically mock trials, courthouse tours, and essay contests. Most Law Day exercises today are sponsored by the American Bar Association in cooperation with state and local bar associations. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: rooms

pied-a-terre - A small town house or rooms used for short residences (1829), from French "foot on the ground." More...

party wall - A wall common to two adjoining buildings or rooms. More...

lobby - One of its early meanings was "monastic cloister," from Latin lobia, "covered way," before it came to mean the passage or waiting area between rooms in a building. More...

enfilade - A suite of rooms with doorways in line with each other—or a vista between rows of trees. More...

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