Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, October 6, 2018)
Word of the Day

barrelhouse

Definition:(noun) A cheap drinking and dancing establishment.
Synonyms:honky-tonk
Usage: After dinner, we grabbed a couple of beers at the local barrelhouse and let loose on the dance floor.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Linking Verbs vs. Action Verbs

The verbs "be," "seem," and "become" are always used as linking verbs (except when "be" is an auxiliary verb). However, the other linking verbs all have the capacity to behave as action verbs in a sentence. Sometimes it is tricky to know whether a verb is functioning as a linking verb or as an action verb, but there are ways that we can be sure. What are they? More...
Article of the Day

Bull-Leaping

Bull-leaping is a motif of Middle Bronze Age figurative art depicting humans acrobatically leaping over bulls. It is thought by some to represent a ritual performance—perhaps connected with bull worship—in which an athlete literally vaulted over a bull by grasping its horns, causing the animal to reflexively jerk its head upward and giving the acrobat the momentum necessary to perform his stunts. With what cultures was it associated? More...
This Day in History

The Yom Kippur War Begins (1973)

Tensions between Israel and the surrounding Arab states have existed since the establishment of the former in 1948 and have come to a head in several armed conflicts over the years. In 1973, on the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur—which fell during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan—Egyptian troops attacked Israel across the Suez Canal while Syrian forces advanced from the north. Though caught off guard, Israel managed to repel the attacks. Why might attacking on this day have been a tactical mistake? More...
Today's Birthday

Frederick VII of Denmark (1808)

The last absolute monarch of Denmark, if only for the first year of his reign, Frederick VII faced popular demonstrations calling for political reforms almost as soon as he ascended the throne. He acceded to many of the demands, appointing a liberal ministry, renouncing absolute rule, and adopting a representative government, but he rejected a proposal to cede a portion of Schleswig to Prussia. His position on this issue eventually led to war with Prussia. What was the popular king's motto? More...
Quotation of the Day
Death ... goes faster than the wind, and he never brings back what he takes.

Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875)

Idiom of the Day

short on looks

Homely; rather plain or unattractive; not aesthetically pleasing. More...
Today's Holiday

Red Flannel Festival (2018)

Held in Cedar Springs, Michigan, the Red Flannel Festival has its share of distinctive traditions. Scheer's Lumberjack Show features demonstrations by real lumberjacks who chop wood, speed-climb trees, and throw axes. The Keystope Kops, the icon of the festival, circulate the crowd to "arrest" offenders who do not wear red. Other festivities include a Prince and Princess Contest, a grand parade, and a window decorating contest. Two other established traditions, the Horseshow Throwing Contest and the Red Flannel Queen Scholarship Pageant, date back to the inaugural festival. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: tremble

quaver - Came from the now obsolete Middle English quave, "tremble." More...

didder, dither - To didder or dither is to tremble or shake. More...

tremble - From the Proto Indo-European base trem-, "shake." More...

tremendous - Based on Latin tremere, "to tremble." More...

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In the News

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