Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, May 31, 2018)
Word of the Day

uncultivated

Definition:(adjective) (Of persons) lacking art or knowledge.
Synonyms:uncultured, artless
Usage: Never had they witnessed such power of mastication, and such marvelous capacity of stomach, as in this native and uncultivated gastronome.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Complex Sentences

Complex sentences are made up of one independent clause and one or more dependent clauses. What introduces and links the dependent clause to the independent clause? More...
Article of the Day

Boggarts

Boggarts are malevolent household spirits of British folklore that latch on to unfortunate families and cause trouble for them by making things disappear, making milk go sour, and even stripping the linens off of beds in which people are sleeping. Superstitions about boggarts vary but often include the beliefs that the creatures should never be named and that hanging a horseshoe on the door of a house will keep them away. The features of what Uranian moon are named after mischievous spirits? More...
This Day in History

Union of South Africa Created (1910)

In 1910, the British colonies of Cape Colony, Transvaal, Natal, and Orange River were unified into the new Union of South Africa. Under the Union's constitution, power was centralized. Elections were held, and Louis Botha became the first prime minister. The Dutch language was given equal status with English, and each province retained its existing franchise qualifications. The Union became independent and withdrew from the Commonwealth exactly how many years after its founding? More...
Today's Birthday

Henry Sidgwick (1838)

Sidgwick was a British philosopher whose Methods of Ethics is considered by some to be the most significant 19th-century ethical work in English. Drawing on the utilitarianism of John Stuart Mill and the categorical imperative of Immanuel Kant, he proposed a system of "universalistic hedonism" that would reconcile the conflict between the pleasure of self and the pleasure of others. He promoted higher education for women and cofounded what society devoted to studying paranormal events? More...
Quotation of the Day
My own business always bores me to death. I prefer other people's.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

get (one's) (own) way

To get or have what one wants; to have things done according to one's personal preference or desires. More...
Today's Holiday

Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival (2018)

Nova Scotia's Annapolis Valley is widely known for its apple orchards, which begin to flower in late May or early June. The area's Apple Blossom Festival is a five-day celebration whose events are held throughout the 60 towns and villages of the Annapolis Valley. In addition to a children's parade, sporting events, tours to view the apple blossoms, apple pie baking and eating contests, and a cooking competition, the festival includes the crowning of "Queen Annapolisa," who is chosen from among 18 local princesses. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: pity

alms - Goes back to Greek eleemosune, "compassion, pity," and eleos, "mercy." More...

bemoan, lament - Bemoaning is motivated when pity or grief is over an event that is joined to a consequence, whereas lamenting is motivated when the grief is over the event itself. More...

pity, piety - Pity and piety shared the meanings "compassion" and "dutifulness, reverence" for a while. More...

ruth, ruthless, ruthful - Ruth, meaning "compassion, pity," is part of ruthless and ruthful. More...

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