Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, February 27, 2015)
Word of the Day

lugubrious

Definition:(adjective) Mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially to an exaggerated or ludicrous degree.
Synonyms:dreary, woeful, morose, funereal, doleful
Usage: He was so lugubrious that he could find melancholy in a child's birthday party.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Adverbs of Place

Adverbs of place tell us about an aspect of location associated with the action of a verb, specifying the direction, distance, movement, or position involved. Because adverbs of place are specific to actions of verbs, they cannot be used to modify adverbs or adjectives—with one exception. What is it? More...
Article of the Day

Château Mouton Rothschild

Château Mouton Rothschild is an estate in southwestern France that is regarded as one of the producers of the world's greatest wines. In the mid-20th century, Baron Rothschild decided to have each year's label designed by a famous artist of the day, and since then the wine's labels have become collectibles. Twice in the history of the special labels, two designs have been used in the same year. The first time, the Baron liked two submissions equally and used both. What happened the second time? More...
This Day in History

The Reichstag Fire (1933)

The 1933 fire at the German Parliament building known as the Reichstag was a pivotal event in the establishment of Nazi Germany. Allegedly set by a Dutch communist, the fire was used by Adolf Hitler to turn public opinion against his opponents, especially the communists. Immediately after the fire, he enacted a decree suspending constitutional protection of personal rights, effectively establishing the Nazi Party dictatorship. Why do some believe the fire was set by the Nazis themselves? More...
Today's Birthday

Hugo LaFayette Black (1886)

Black was a US Supreme Court Justice for 34 years. A prominent supporter of the New Deal, he was also in the majority that struck down mandatory school prayer and guaranteed the availability of legal counsel to suspected criminals. He was known for an absolutist belief in the Bill of Rights, and his last major opinion supported the right of The New York Times to publish the Pentagon Papers, which revealed improper government conduct. To what secret society did Black once belong? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is a great man who makes every man feel small. But the real great man is the man who makes every man feel great.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

pull a U-ie

To make a U-turn. Primarily heard in US, Australia. More...
Today's Holiday

Equirria (2018)

Tradition holds that Romulus, one of the mythical founders of Rome, began the Equirria. This festival was held on both February 27 and March 14. The Equirria mainly involved racing horses and was dedicated to Mars, the Roman god of war. Scholars don't know why there were two annual Equirrias little more than two weeks apart from each other, but one theory is that these were occasions to publicly begin training horses and men for the military excursions Roman soldiers undertook in the spring. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: interpretation

eisegesis - The interpretation of a word or passage by reading into it one's own ideas. More...

hermeneutic - An adjective meaning "concerned with interpretation," especially of scripture. More...

case-sensitive - If something is case-sensitive, there is a different meaning or interpretation based on upper- and lower-cased letters. More...

semiotics - The study of signs and symbols and their use or interpretation. More...

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