Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, June 19, 2017)
Word of the Day

entreaty

Definition:(noun) An earnest request or petition; a plea.
Synonyms:appeal, prayer
Usage: Nothing is wanting but to have you here, and it is our particular wish and entreaty that you would come to us as soon as you can.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Proper Adjectives

Proper adjectives, like all adjectives, modify nouns, but they are different from other adjectives because they are actually formed from proper nouns. Why are proper adjectives typically used? More...
Article of the Day

The Peutinger Table

The Tabula Peutingeriana, or Peutinger Table, is the sole surviving copy of an itinerarium, or map, depicting the road network of the ancient Roman Empire. The original map was last revised in the 4th or early 5th century and covered Europe, parts of Asia, and North Africa, including Roman settlements and the roads that connected them. In the 13th century, a monk assembled the 22-ft (6.75-m) long scroll using 11 parchment sections. The map indicates the existence of what lands? More...
This Day in History

The First Father's Day (1910)

Father's Day is a day set apart in many countries for honoring fathers. In the US, UK, and Canada, it is observed on the third Sunday in June. The idea for a father's day originated when Sonora Louise Smart Dodd of Spokane, Washington, heard a sermon on Mother's Day in 1909 and was inspired to create a date to honor fathers like her own, a Civil War veteran. Through her efforts, the first Father's Day was celebrated in Spokane in 1910. When was the holiday made official in the US? More...
Today's Birthday

Blaise Pascal (1623)

Pascal was a French mathematician, physicist, and religious philosopher. A child prodigy, he earned the envy of René Descartes with an essay he wrote on conic sections when he was still a teen. Credited with founding the modern theory of probability and advancing differential calculus, he also made important contributions to physics, notably in the study of atmospheric pressure. Why did he later abandon his scientific work to focus on theology and philosophy? More...
Quotation of the Day
Gallows, n.: A stage for the performance of miracle plays, in which the leading actor is translated to heaven.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

make a mint

To earn a very large amount of money, especially by doing something very successfully. More...
Today's Holiday

National Oldtime Fiddlers' Contest and Festival (2018)

The National Oldtime Fiddlers' Contest and Festival is a major musical event in the United States, held over the third full week of June in Weiser, Idaho, where fiddling was first heard in 1863. In 1963, in conjunction with Idaho's Centennial, the competition officially became the National Oldtime Fiddlers' Contest. Awards are given for the national champion in several categories, with contestants having won their spot through competitions in other states. Besides music, there is a fiddlers parade, street dancing, and sing-alongs. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: privilege

box social - A social event at which boxes of food are auctioned to male bidders, who win the privilege of eating and dancing with the woman who prepared the box lunch. More...

privilege, prerogative - A privilege is a right that may be extended to a group or a number of people; a prerogative is a right that, customarily, is vested in a single person. More...

munity - A granted right or privilege. More...

prerogative - Comes from Latin praerogare, "ask before others," and came to mean "right to precedence, privilege." More...

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