Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, December 4, 2019)
Word of the Day

lettered

Definition:(adjective) Highly educated; having extensive information or understanding.
Synonyms:knowledgeable, well-read, learned
Usage: They are few in number, but it is a choice audience, a lettered audience.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Acronyms and Initialisms

Acronyms and initialisms are abbreviations of multiple words using just their initial letters. How are they distinguished from each other? More...
Article of the Day

The Business Plot

In 1933, retired US Marine Corps Major General Smedley Butler claimed that business tycoons were plotting to use a veterans' organization to overthrow President Franklin D Roosevelt and install a fascist dictator. The media ridiculed the claim, but a congressional committee concluded that his allegations were credible. Although historians question whether a coup was close to execution, most agree that a political conspiracy was at least contemplated. What businessmen were implicated in the plot? More...
This Day in History

First Edition of the Los Angeles Times Is Published (1881)

Established in 1881, the Los Angeles Times was purchased and incorporated in 1884 by Harrison Gray Otis. The newspaper prospered and became an influential force in conservative politics in California. Long dominated by the Chandler family, beginning with Otis's son-in-law Harry Chandler, it developed into a model of balanced and comprehensive journalism in the 1960s, with Otis Chandler at the helm, and came to be seen as one of the world's top papers. Why were its offices bombed in 1910? More...
Today's Birthday

Samuel Butler (1835)

Butler was a British novelist and critic. Descended from clergymen, he grappled for years with Christianity and evolution in his writings, first embracing, then rejecting, Charles Darwin's theories. He is best known for his autobiographical novel The Way of All Flesh. During his lifetime, his reputation rested on the utopian satire Erewhon (1872), which foreshadowed the end of the Victorian illusion of eternal progress. What prediction did Butler make about human evolution? More...
Quotation of the Day
By a curious confusion, many modern critics have passed from the proposition that a masterpiece may be unpopular to the other proposition that unless it is unpopular it cannot be a masterpiece.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

affable personality

A personality that is friendly, approachable, sociable, amicable, and/or likeable. More...
Today's Holiday

Pilgrimage to Adam's Peak (2019)

A footprint preserved in stone is a sacred site at the top of a mountain in Dalhousie, Sri Lanka. Depending on one's religious tradition, the footprint belongs to Adam (Muslim), the Buddha, St. Thomas (Christian), or Lord Shiva (Hindu). Pilgrims have made the climb for over 1,000 years to the summit of Adam's Peak. Though the terrain is rugged, many pilgrims make the ascent by the light of lanterns so they can arrive at the break of dawn and catch a spectacular view of the western coastline. According to local tradition, a woman who reaches the top will be reincarnated as a man. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: knights

on one's high horse - At one time, knights, kings, and other VIPs rode on chargers, while ladies and others rode on smaller saddle horses, begetting the phrase "on one's high horse." More...

full tilt - Meaning "full speed," it is from the encounter at full gallop of knights in a tilt (lance combat). More...

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