Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, May 29, 2016)
Word of the Day

roustabout

Definition:(noun) A member of a ship's crew who performs manual labor.
Synonyms:deckhand
Usage: He worked as a roustabout on the Mississippi from the time he was a boy.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Dependent Clauses

A dependent clause (also called a subordinate clause) is a clause that relies on the information from an independent clause to form a complete, logical thought. What are dependent words? More...
Article of the Day

Mind Your Manners

The use of the fork is a basic concern of Western table etiquette. The utensil's origin is disputed; certain passages in the book of I Samuel suggest that forks were used during priestly sacrifice, and it is commonly accepted that the Greeks used serving forks long before the Middle Ages. Before the fork made its 10th century debut at tables across Europe, people commonly used their hands to eat. Why did the Roman Catholic Church initially consider the use of a fork an insult to God? More...
This Day in History

Battle of Legnano (1176)

In 1160, Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa was excommunicated for his support of a series of antipopes against Pope Alexander III. In 1167, the communes of Lombardy in northern Italy formed an alliance to resist Frederick. The Lombard League soundly defeated Frederick's forces in the Battle of Legnano, after which Frederick reconciled with the pope and made peace with the Lombard cities. Why, if he survived, did Frederick's wife go into mourning for her husband following the battle? More...
Today's Birthday

Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874)

A British man of letters, Chesterton was a journalist, scholar, novelist, short-story writer, and poet. He wrote essays on Christianity and works of social and literary criticism on subjects such as Charles Dickens. His fiction includes the popular allegorical novel The Man Who Was Thursday, and his most successful creation, the series of detective novels featuring the priest-sleuth Father Brown. Chesterton was also known for collaborating with what author? More...
Quotation of the Day
One does not love a place the less for having suffered in it, unless it has been all suffering, nothing but suffering.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Idiom of the Day

have its/(one's) day

To be at the height of or experience success or prosperity. More...
Today's Holiday

Planting the Penny Hedge (2019)

The Penny Hedge is a fence of interlaced stakes and boughs that is built along the water's edge near Whitby, England, in the morning on the eve of Ascension Day. According to the local legend, in 1159 three noblemen were out hunting a wild boar. When the animal took refuge with a monk from Whitby Abbey, they beat him to death. The abbot of Whitby ordered them to build a hedge every year on the shore while the bailiff announced their offences. Today it is the harbor master himself who continues the tradition, while church and civil dignitaries, along with townspeople and visitors, look on. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: stimulate

aperitif, appetizer - An aperitif is a drink to stimulate the appetite and an appetizer is a food that does this before a meal. More...

condiment - From Latin condimentum, from condire, "to pickle, preserve"; condiments are food substances used to heighten the natural flavor of foods, to stimulate the appetite, to aid digestion, or preserve certain foods. More...

innervate, enervate - Innervate means "to stimulate or give nervous energy," the opposite of enervate. More...

stimulate - From Latin stimulus, "pointed stick for goading animals." More...

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