Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, September 13, 2018)
Word of the Day

hypersensitive

Definition:(adjective) Having an allergy or peculiar or excessive susceptibility (especially to a specific factor).
Synonyms:allergic
Usage: I am hypersensitive to pollen and suffer terribly from a runny nose and itchy, watery eyes during the spring.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using Idioms that End with Prepositions

Idioms that end with prepositions are typically phrasal verbs and consist of a verb followed by either a preposition, a particle, or a particle with a preposition. How is this type of prepositional idiom used in a sentence? More...
Article of the Day

Renaissance Fairs

Renaissance fairs, outdoor gatherings in which historical periods—generally the Elizabethan Era—are recreated, were initially intended to be accurate historical reenactments but have since taken on a more theme park-like quality, particularly in the US. At these fairs, visitors may test their archery or axe-throwing skills, interact with costumed entertainers, and take in musical and theatrical acts, including jousting competitions. What debates exist within the Renaissance fair community? More...
This Day in History

Michelangelo Begins Carving His Statue of David (1501)

Begun when the artist was just 26 years old and completed three years later, Michelangelo's David is considered the prime example of the Renaissance ideal of perfect humanity and a masterpiece of sculpture. The 17-ft (5.2-m) marble figure differs from other representations of David in that he appears tense and is not carrying the head of the slain Goliath. A replica of David on display in London's Victoria and Albert Museum has a detachable fig-leaf that was made for whose visit? More...
Today's Birthday

Samuel "Uncle Sam" Wilson (1766)

Wilson was an American Revolutionary War veteran who owned a meatpacking plant in Troy, New York. He provided beef to the army during the War of 1812 in barrels stamped "US," indicating that they were US property. According to some sources, the soldiers began joking that the initials stood for "Uncle Sam," referring to Wilson, unwittingly inventing the character that would soon come into widespread use as a symbol of the US government. What resolution regarding Wilson did Congress pass in 1961? More...
Quotation of the Day
Sweet are the uses of adversity which, like the toad, ugly and venomous, wears yet a precious jewel in his head.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Idiom of the Day

candle in the wind

Something that is particularly vulnerable, weak, fragile, or precarious and likely to fail, perish, or be eliminated at any moment. More...
Today's Holiday

Jane Austen Festival (2019)

Along with being famous for its ancient Roman ruins, the town of Bath, England, is also known as the home of renowned English novelist Jane Austen (1775–1817). Since 2001, Austen aficionados have converged on Bath for over a week to celebrate with music, walking tours, films, and the famous Regency Promenade, in which a large group in period costume parades the Georgian terraces of Bath. Other well-attended events are workshops, lectures, and readings, which often reference Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, two Austen novels mainly set in Bath. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: poetry

found poem - A passage within prose that unintentionally reads like poetry. More...

stich - A line of poetry. More...

free verse - Poetry that does not rhyme or have a regular meter. More...

metrophobia - The fear of poetry. More...

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