Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, May 4, 2019)
Word of the Day

peddler

Definition:(noun) Someone who travels about selling his wares (as on the streets or at carnivals).
Synonyms:hawker, packman, pitchman
Usage: He used to tramp the countryside so far and so long that his father would say he feared his son was born to be nothing better than a wandering peddler.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Relative Adverbs

Relative adverbs, like relative pronouns, introduce relative clauses (also called adjective clauses) that modify a noun or a noun phrase. How do relative adverbs differ from relative pronouns? More...
Article of the Day

The Revenge of the Forty-Seven Ronin

The Forty-seven Ronin were a group of Japanese samurai who, in 1703, assassinated Lord Kira, the official responsible for the disgrace and consequent seppuku—ritual suicide—of their master, Lord Asano. Though the ronin had followed the precepts of bushido—the samurai code of conduct—by avenging their lord’s death, their actions defied shogunate authority, and they were therefore ordered to commit seppuku. Today, they are regarded as heroes. Why was one of the ronin pardoned? More...
This Day in History

The Kent State Shootings (1970)

In 1970, the US was in the midst of the Vietnam War, and antiwar demonstrations among students were common. When students at Ohio's Kent State University decided to protest the incursion of US forces into Cambodia, no one imagined it would end in tragedy. But National Guard troops called in to disperse the crowd opened fire, killing four and wounding nine others. The shooting sparked nationwide outrage and became a rallying point for antiwar activists. Where else were student protesters killed? More...
Today's Birthday

Horace Mann (1796)

Mann overcame limited early education to enter law and politics. He became secretary of Massachusetts' new board of education in 1837, at a time when the public school system was in poor condition. In his 12 years there, he established high schools, enhanced teacher training and pay, curbed child labor, and improved facilities and equipment. He fought for free, nonsectarian, universal schooling, greatly advancing education in the US. What quote is engraved on his monument at Antioch College? More...
Quotation of the Day
It seems to me that I have always existed and that I possess memories that date back to the Pharaohs.

Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880)

Idiom of the Day

chance of a lifetime

An extremely important and/or fortuitous opportunity, especially one that is not likely to ever present itself again. Often (but not always) used hyperbolically. More...
Today's Holiday

Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition (2020)

One of the world's most prestigious music competitions and the largest musical event in Brussels takes place throughout the month of May each year. Open to young competitors from around the world, it focuses on violinists, pianists, singers, and cellists in alternating years. Named for Queen Elisabeth of Belgium, it was started by violinist-composer Eugène Ysaÿe in 1937. The public is invited to attend every stage of the contest, from the initial tests at the Royal Conservatory of Music to the winner's performance at the Beaux Arts Palace. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: nourishment

foster - Comes from the Germanic base for "food" and it originally meant "food, nourishment." More...

inanity, inanition - Inanity is intellectual or spiritual emptiness; inanition is the lack of nourishment. More...

meat - First meant "food, nourishment"—especially solid food as opposed to drink. More...

nourishment - Wine or spirits given medicinally can be called nourishment. More...

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