Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, July 19, 2018)
Word of the Day

sallow

Definition:(adjective) Of a sickly yellowish hue or complexion.
Synonyms:sickly
Usage: His face was sallow and shiny with sweat.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Focusing Adverbs that Partially Limit Information

Focusing adverbs are used to draw attention to a particular part of a clause. Sometimes, we want to emphasize information that isn't completely limited, but rather partially limited. What is the partially limiting focusing adverb in the following sentence? "A few people were missing at the party, notably Tom." More...
Article of the Day

Tasseography

Tasseography is a fortune-telling method whose practitioners aim to interpret patterns in tea leaves, coffee grounds, or wine sediments. The practice of tea leaf reading originated independently in Asia, the Middle East, and ancient Greece. Today, potteries even produce cups specially marked for the reading of tea leaves, including those with zodiac designs, playing cards, and other symbols. In what country was a coffee-reading fortuneteller charged with the crime of practicing magic in 2007? More...
This Day in History

WWI: Battle of Fromelles Begins (1916)

The Battle of Fromelles was fought in France during WWI between Germany and a combined force of British and Australian troops. More than 1,500 British and 5,500 Australian soldiers were killed, wounded, or taken prisoner. The battle resulted in a decisive victory for Germany, which suffered 1,500 casualties. The Australian War Memorial describes the battle as "the worst 24 hours in Australia's entire history." What future world leader is believed to have served in the battle? More...
Today's Birthday

Edgar Degas (1834)

Degas was a French painter and sculptor. After copying the Old Masters and becoming a skilled draftsman, he was introduced to Impressionism by Édouard Manet. He then gave up his academic aspirations to pursue art exclusively. Many of his works depict the fast-paced city life of Paris, particularly the ballet, theater, circus, track, and cafés, and feature non-traditional compositions influenced by Japanese prints and photography. Which of his works was criticized for its "appalling ugliness"? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is a good deal of satisfaction about being thoroughly miserable; but nobody likes a fit of the blues.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

Idiom of the Day

cat's pajamas

Something or someone highly enjoyable, desirable, or impressive, especially in a fancy or elaborate way. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. More...
Today's Holiday

Yarmouth Clam Festival (2019)

Held in a small town in southern Maine, the Yarmouth Clam Festival has been a New England tradition since 1965. Festival goers have their choice of steamed clams, whole fried clams, clam strips, clam cakes, clam chowder, and fried clams in batter. Along with celebrating Yarmouth's seafood, the festival is also a fundraiser, with proceeds helping to support local nonprofit organizations. Beyond sampling clams and other seafood, attendees can choose from a number of other activities including rides, games, live music, an antique show, a parade on Friday night, and a fireworks show on Saturday. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: ruler

rector - First was a ruler or governor, now it is generally a person conducting a religious service. More...

sultan - Comes from the Arabic word for "ruler," from Aramaic shultana, "power." More...

Inca - A Quechua word meaning "king, lord, ruler." More...

rule - One of many words from Latin regula, "straight stick, ruler." More...

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