Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, October 29, 2016)
Word of the Day

piddling

Definition:(adjective) So trifling or trivial as to be beneath one's consideration.
Synonyms:trivial, petty, fiddling, footling, niggling, picayune, piffling, lilliputian, little
Usage: Because she had only invested a piddling sum of money, she was not worried about the stock's poor performance.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Adverbs of Degree

Adverbs of degree are used to indicate the intensity, degree, or extent of the verb, adjective, or adverb they are modifying. What are grading adverbs? More...
Article of the Day

Kenning

Often seen in Norse, Anglo-Saxon, and Celtic literature, a kenning is a poetic phrase used in the place of a name or noun. Kennings can be complex phrases or simple two-word expressions joined to convey a meaning neither word possesses alone. A knowledge of mythology is often vital to the understanding and interpretation of these phrases. "Sail-road," "bath-way," and "whale-way" are all Old English kennings that reference the sea. What is "the flesh of the mother of the enemy of the giantess"? More...
This Day in History

Sir Walter Raleigh Is Executed for Treason (1618)

Raleigh was an English explorer, courtier, and favorite of Queen Elizabeth I, whom he famously—according to the story—protected from a puddle by laying down his cloak. After King James I took the throne, however, Raleigh was accused of plotting against the king, was arrested, and lost many of his offices and monopolies. He was also found guilty, on somewhat insufficient evidence, of conspiring with Spain against England. Raleigh was not actually executed, though, until 1618, after what happened? More...
Today's Birthday

Marie of Edinburgh, Queen of Romania (1875)

No ordinary queen, Marie took an active role in Romania's wartime activities, beginning with helping bring the country into the Allied camp in World War I and ending with her representation of Romanian interests in territory negotiations at the close of the war. In the interim, the "Soldier Queen" also contributed to the war effort by volunteering as a nurse with the Red Cross and publishing a book whose proceeds went to the same cause. Marie later became the first royal adherent of what faith? More...
Quotation of the Day
Poor nations are hungry, and rich nations are proud; and pride and hunger will ever be at variance.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Idiom of the Day

play phone tag

To engage in a series of telephone calls with another person in which each time one party calls, the other is not available to answer. More...
Today's Holiday

Coronation Day and Sihanouk's Birthday (2018)

In Cambodia, the celebration of former King Norodom Sihanouk's birthday on October 31 has been combined with the October 29 anniversary of the coronation of his son, King Norodom Sihamoni. Sihanouk abdicated in favor of his son in 2004. The three-day celebration is centered in Phnom Penh, around the Royal Palace. People from all over the country come to the capital city to watch parades, partake in cultural events, and see the elaborate fireworks display along the riverbank near the palace. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: subtle

subingression - A subtle or unseen entrance. More...

ethereal - First meant "resembling the ether or lightest and most subtle of elements," and now means that something is impalpable or unearthly. More...

hard sell, soft sell - Hard sell implies an aggressive approach toward a potential buyer; a soft sell is a more subtle, suggestive approach. More...

subtle - Its ultimate source is Latin subtilis, "finely woven," a weaving term, from sub tela, "beneath the lengthwise threads of a loom." More...

In the News

Going to Space Is a Real Pain in the Back

A six-month stay on the International Space Station can be a pain in the back for astronauts. While they may gain up to 2 inches in height temporarily, that effect is accompanied by a weakening of the muscles supporting the spine, according to a new study. Astronauts ... More...
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