Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, November 22, 2017)
Word of the Day

ideate

Definition:(verb) Form a mental image of something that is not present or that is not the case.
Synonyms:conceive of, envisage, imagine
Usage: Such characters represent a grotesquely blown-up aspect of an ideal man ... if not realizable, capable of being ideated.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Pronouns as the Subject

Pronouns stand in for a person or thing we are speaking about or referring to; they are used to avoid repetition in speech or writing. When the personal pronouns in the subjective case act as substitutes for the subject of the clause or sentence, what are they known as? More...
Article of the Day

Jesse James

James was an outlaw who became a legendary figure in American folklore. After the Civil War, he and a number of other former Confederate guerillas banded together to rob banks, trains, and stagecoaches across several states. He was later betrayed by fellow bandit Robert Ford, who shot him in 1882 in order to receive a $10,000 reward. Despite the fact that James is thought to have shot 15 people, his exploits led to a number of romanticized legends, including rumors that he survived until when? More...
This Day in History

Cutty Sark Is Launched (1869)

The tea trade in the 1860s and 70s was intensely competitive, with merchant ships racing to be the first to arrive in London with that year's crop from China. It was for this purpose that the three-masted clipper Cutty Sark was originally built. She became one of the swiftest and most celebrated British clippers, but within a few years of her launch, steamships had largely supplanted clippers in the tea trade, so she began carrying other cargos. What is the origin and meaning of her name? More...
Today's Birthday

George Eliot (1819)

Eliot, born Mary Ann Evans, was raised with a strong religious piety but broke with orthodoxy in her 20s and turned to fiction, writing such classic Victorian novels as Silas Marner, Daniel Deronda, and Middlemarch, in which she developed a method of psychological analysis that would become a characteristic of modern fiction. Although her novels are serious in tone, they still contain humorous moments. With which philosopher did Eliot have a lengthy, scandalous affair? More...
Quotation of the Day
Congratulation, n.: The civility of envy.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

take a breather

To take a short pause or hiatus (from something). More...
Today's Holiday

Thanksgiving (2018)

The first American Thanksgiving was entirely religious, and took place on December 4, 1619, but most Americans think of the first "official" Thanksgiving as the one that took place at Plymouth Colony in October 1621, a year after the Pilgrims first landed on the New England coast. Today, Thanksgiving is a time for family reunions and traditions, most of which center around the preparation of an elaborate meal featuring turkey and a dozen or so accompanying dishes. The widespread sales that begin in stores the next day mark the start of the Christmas shopping season. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: repeat

recap, recapitulate - Recap is short for recapitulate, literally "repeat the headings." More...

trackway - A path formed by the repeated treading of animals or people. More...

frequent - From Latin frequens, "crowded" or "regularly repeated." More...

spam - As in e-mail, it gets its name from the Monty Python sketch in which the word is repeated many times. More...

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