Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, October 3, 2017)
Word of the Day

mantel

Definition:(noun) The protruding shelf over a fireplace.
Synonyms:chimneypiece, mantelpiece
Usage: There were also perhaps a dozen candles about, two in brass candlesticks upon the mantel and several in sconces, so that the room was brilliantly illuminated.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Personal Pronouns and Possessive Case

As the name implies, the possessive (or genitive) case changes the inflection of a personal pronoun to mark possession. There are two forms of personal pronouns in the possessive case. What are they? More...
Article of the Day

Cursus Honorum

A Latin phrase meaning "course of honors," the cursus honorum was the sequential order of public offices held by politicians in both the Roman Republic and the early Empire. The cursus honorum forbade repeating an office, and it set a minimum age for election to each post and minimum intervals between holding successive offices. However, these rules were often ignored toward the end of the Republic. At what age could candidates be elected to their first official post? More...
This Day in History

"The Shot Heard 'Round the World" (1951)

Late in the 1951 baseball season, the New York Giants trailed far behind their crosstown rivals, the Brooklyn Dodgers, in the standings. However, the Giants went on a winning streak, and the two teams finished the regular season with identical 96-58 records. In the first two games of a three-game playoff series, the teams traded wins. In the bottom of game three's ninth inning, the Giants were trailing 4-2 with two men on base when Bobby Thomson came to bat. What happened next? More...
Today's Birthday

John Ross (1790)

The son of Scottish and Cherokee parents, Ross served in the War of 1812 under Andrew Jackson against the Creeks. Elected principal chief of the eastern Cherokee in 1828, he resisted government attempts to seize Cherokee farms and lands in Georgia and unsuccessfully petitioned Jackson to defend the tribe's rights. In 1838, he was forced to lead his people on the infamously long, hard journey to the Oklahoma Territory. In Native American lore, this journey is known as what? More...
Quotation of the Day
Patriotism is like charity—it begins at home.

Henry James (1843-1916)

Idiom of the Day

dark days

Times of extreme misfortune or difficulty. More...
Today's Holiday

Leiden Day (2018)

In 1573, the Dutch city of Leiden (or Leyden) was besieged by the Spaniards. Thousands were dying from disease and hunger; finally, the river dikes were cut so that the Dutch army could sail in over the flooded fields and save the city. According to legend, the first person to emerge from the besieged city on October 3 was a young orphan boy. In the deserted Spanish camp, he discovered a huge pot of stew that was still hot. Known as Hutspot met Klapstuk, the mixture of meat and vegetables is still served on this day, along with bread and herring. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: tray

salver - A tray or dish on which a drink, letter, calling card, etc. is offered. More...

tray - The drawer for storing a body at a mortuary. More...

trencher - A platter or tray for serving food. More...

plateau - Can refer to an ornamented dish or tray for serving food. More...

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