Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, October 5, 2018)
Word of the Day

unnerve

Definition:(verb) To cause to lose courage, strength, confidence, self-control, etc.
Synonyms:faze, unsettle, enervate
Usage: The look on her father's face unnerved her, and she soon dropped her gaze and meekly waited for him to tell her what her punishment would be.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Negative Adverbs Meaning "Not Often" or "Not Ever"

Negative adverbs and negative adverbials are used to modify the meaning of a verb, adjective, other adverb, or entire clause in a negative way. When we want to stress how infrequently something occurs, what negative adverbs can we use? More...
Article of the Day

Seppuku

Also known as hara-kiri, seppuku is a form of ritual suicide by disembowelment formerly practiced by members of Japan's samurai class. Favored because it was slow and painful—and therefore demonstrative of courage and strong resolve—voluntary seppuku was performed to avoid the dishonor of capture, show loyalty to one's lord, protest against a policy, or atone for failure. Over time, an elaborate ritual evolved that began with the samurai bathing and then dressing in robes of what color? More...
This Day in History

British Airship Crashes near Beauvais (1930)

In 1920s Britain, airships were envisioned as a way to make the most remote parts of the British Empire accessible. Two starkly different teams of engineers were employed to create two crafts for passenger travel, one conservative and one more experimental. However, British use of airships effectively ended when the ambitious R101 crashed in France during its maiden overseas voyage, killing 48 people—12 more than the infamous Hindenburg disaster. What was R101's destination? More...
Today's Birthday

Chevalier d'Éon (1728)

The inspiration for the now-obsolete term "eonism," describing the adoption of female dress and behavior by a male, the Chevalier d'Éon was a French noble, soldier, and spy who lived first as a male and then as a female. His cross-dressing appears to have begun as part of his covert activities, but by the 1770s, rumors reached France that the Chevalier was actually a woman masquerading as a man, and he was ordered to live as a woman thereafter. When was it proven that he was anatomically male? More...
Quotation of the Day
Do you know why this world is as bad as it is? ... It is because people think only about their own business, and won't trouble themselves to stand up for the oppressed, nor bring the wrongdoer to light.

Anna Sewell (1820-1878)

Idiom of the Day

shifty-looking

Having or of an untrustworthy, dubious, or deceptive appearance. More...
Today's Holiday

Great Locomotive Chase Festival (2018)

This three-day celebration in Adairsville, Georgia, commemorates the storied Civil War locomotive chase that came on April 12, 1862, after the Yankee spy, James J. Andrews, stole the Confederate engine named "The General." William A. Fuller, the conductor, set off in a handcar; in Adairsville, he boarded the locomotive "Texas" and barreled after "The General." Events of the festival include showings of the locomotive-chase movies, a grand parade, fireworks, and gospel singing. There are also such contests as three-legged races, a bean-bag toss, and a tug of war. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: tomb

epitaph - From Greek epi, "upon, over," and taphos, "tomb" or "funeral." More...

lair - First meant "grave, tomb," or "place where one sleeps." More...

pall, pallbearer - Pallbearer is based on pall, which was first a cloth spread over a coffin, hearse, or tomb. More...

cromlech - Is Welsh for "arched stone" and means "any megalithic chamber tomb." More...

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