Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, November 2, 2018)
Word of the Day

countrified

Definition:(adjective) Characteristic of rural life.
Synonyms:rustic
Usage: The house was very handsome, with a lovely countrified garden.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Second Conditional

Second conditional sentences include a simple past tense verb in the "if clause" and a future tense verb in the main clause, preceded by the auxiliary verb "would." What do these sentences refer to? More...
Article of the Day

The Moirae

In Greek mythology, the Moirae, also known as the Fates, are the three goddesses who control human lives. They are usually depicted as old women: Clotho, who spins the web of life; Lachesis, who measures its length; and Atropos, who cuts it. Together they determine the length of each person's life as well as its share of suffering. Their Roman equivalents are Nona, Decuma, and Morta—meaning "Ninth," "Tenth," and "Death," respectively. What similar figures are found in Norse mythology? More...
This Day in History

The Balfour Declaration (1917)

The Balfour Declaration was a British government statement promising the establishment of a homeland for the Jewish people in Palestine that would not disturb non-Jews already living there. The British anticipated gaining a mandate over Palestine after WWI and hoped to win over Jewish public opinion for the Allies. They also hoped that pro-British settlers would help protect the approaches to the Suez Canal, a vital link to Britain's South Asian possessions. Who actually wrote the declaration? More...
Today's Birthday

Warren G. Harding (1865)

With promises to the war-weary American public of a "return to normalcy" in the wake of WWI, Harding was elected 29th president of the US. However, his administration soon earned a reputation for corruption. As an investigation into what proved to be the Teapot Dome scandal began, he traveled to Alaska, where he was informed of the corruption about to be exposed. While en route home, he became mysteriously ill, allegedly from food poisoning, and suddenly died. What caused his death? More...
Quotation of the Day
The desire to know whether or not a woman is cursed with curiosity is one of the most active and insatiable passions of the masculine soul.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

fair-weather fan

A person who is supportive of and enthusiastic about a sports team only when that team is performing well. More...
Today's Holiday

Voodoo Music Experience (2019)

The Voodoo Music Experience is an annual music festival that takes place in New Orleans, Louisiana, over a three-day weekend in late October. The event debuted in 1999 with the aim of showcasing the verve and diversity of New Orleans' renowned music scene, as well as bringing famed acts to the city. Performers are grouped into three categories: "Le Ritual" for established musicians; "Le Flambeau" for artists who reflect New Orleans' musical history and traditions; and "Le Carnival" for musicians and performance artists from New Orleans' underground art and bohemian scene. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: stoppage

armistice - Comes from Latin armistitium—from arma, "arms," and -stitium, "stoppage"—and means a temporary cessation from fighting or the use of arms, or a short truce. More...

solstice - Derived from Latin sol, "Sun," and stitium, as the Sun appears to stand still on the first day of winter. More...

epoch - Pronounced EH-puhk, it is from Greek epokhe, "fixed point in time, stoppage," and it was first the initial point in a chronology from which succeeding years were numbered. More...

stasis - A period of inactivity or equilibrium, from Greek histanai, "stoppage." More...

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