Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, July 4, 2016)
Word of the Day

guidepost

Definition:(noun) A rule or principle that provides guidance to appropriate behavior.
Synonyms:rule of thumb, guideline
Usage: His guidepost in social situations was the belief that people tend to be kind to those who are kind.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Passive Voice

The passive voice is a type of grammatical voice in which the subject is acted upon by the verb. In passive-voice sentences, what is the receiver of the action? More...
Article of the Day

The Great Train Robbery

Five days after one of the biggest heists in British history, an anonymous tip led police to a farm where they found the robbers' fingerprints, including some on a Monopoly game that had apparently been played after the robbery—with real money. Thirteen of the criminals involved in the 1963 event now known as "the Great Train Robbery" were eventually caught, but the bulk of the stolen £2.6 million—the equivalent of US $80 million today—was never recovered. How did the robbers stop the train? More...
This Day in History

Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass Published (1855)

Often considered the most influential volume of poetry in American literature, Whitman's Leaves of Grass was unconventional in both content and technique and initially scandalized the public with its frank celebration of sexuality. The first edition contained 12 poems, including "Song of Myself," in which the author proclaims himself the symbolic representative of common people, but Whitman revised and expanded subsequent editions. How many poems are found in his "deathbed edition"? More...
Today's Birthday

Giuseppe Garibaldi (1807)

Garibaldi is considered an Italian national hero for his role in the Risorgimento, the movement to liberate and unify Italy. In 1848, after having spent time in South America learning guerilla warfare tactics, he returned to Italy to fight for its independence. He fought Austria in Milan and France in Rome. In 1860, he raised an army of 1,000 and attacked Sicily. By the end of his campaign, he commanded 30,000 men, with whom he seized Naples, before handing all of southern Italy over to whom? More...
Quotation of the Day
Virtue is like a rich stone,—best plain set.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

cry-baby

A person who cries or complains a lot, especially for little reason. More...
Today's Holiday

National Tom Sawyer Days (2019)

Sponsored by the Hannibal, Missouri, Jaycees, the National Tom Sawyer Days celebration began in 1956 with a Tom Sawyer Fence Painting Contest and a Tom and Becky competition. Three years later, all of the events relating to the character were combined with the traditional Fourth of July celebration in Hannibal, and Independence Day was officially proclaimed "Tom Sawyer Day." Today the festival spans five days and includes a number of unique competitions. The Frog Jump Competition is one of the festival's highlights, drawing up to 300 children and their pet frogs. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: rhyme

assonance - The condition of the words of a phrase or verse having the same sound or termination without rhyming. More...

blank verse - A verse without rhyme. More...

rhyme - From Latin rhythmus, "rhythm," from Greek rhein, "to flow." More...

rhyme or reason - A phrase derived from French ni rime ni raison. More...

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