Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, February 12, 2016)
Word of the Day

cultivable

Definition:(adjective) Capable of being farmed productively.
Synonyms:arable, tillable
Usage: Though she had inherited a large farm, it was practically worthless because of the lack of cultivable land.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Participle Phrases

Participles are words formed from verbs that can function as adjectives, as gerunds, or to form the continuous and perfect tenses of verbs. What is a dangling modifier? More...
Article of the Day

The Hand Cannon

The hand cannon, which dates back to the late 13th century, was the first handheld portable firearm. The origin of the weapon is widely disputed, and a number of groups, including the Arabs, Chinese, Mongols, and Europeans, claim credit for its invention. Though the hand cannon lacked accuracy and was fairly unwieldy, its armor-penetrating capabilities eventually brought the simple weapon to the forefront of European warfare. How were hand cannons fired? More...
This Day in History

The Battle of the Herrings (1429)

The meatless days of Lent were approaching when Sir John Fastolf set off from Paris with hundreds of wagons laden with weapons and barrels of herring to resupply the English troops that had been laying siege to the French town of Orléans for months. Engaged by thousands of French troops attempting to sever his supply route, Fastolf made a defensive formation with his wagons, lending the battle its name. What group's poorly timed attempt to help the French may have caused them to lose the battle? More...
Today's Birthday

George Meredith (1828)

One of the great English novelists, Meredith wrote complex, often comic yet highly cerebral works that contain striking psychological character studies. Though he ostensibly launched a law career at age 18, he focused instead on journalism, poetry writing, and translation. Unable to earn a living this way, he began writing novels and eventually became a critical and popular success. In one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's tales, Sherlock Holmes asks Dr. Watson to talk about Meredith instead of what? More...
Quotation of the Day
A good face they say, is a letter of recommendation. O Nature, Nature, why art thou so dishonest, as ever to send men with these false recommendations into the World!

Henry Fielding (1707-1754)

Idiom of the Day

loss of face

The state or circumstance of having lost the respect of other people, as due to having done something improper or unacceptable. More...
Today's Holiday

Lincoln's Birthday (2018)

Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, was born on Feb. 12, 1809. A wreath-laying ceremony and reading of the Gettysburg Address at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., are traditional on Feb. 12. Lincoln's actual birthday is a legal holiday in 11 states: California, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, and West Virginia. In most other states, Lincoln's and George Washington's birthdays are combined for a legal holiday on the third Monday in February called Presidents' Day. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: imposed

boycott, embargo - A boycott is an organized popular protest, named for Captain Charles C. Boycott (1832-97), a land agent in Ireland to whom this was done in 1880; an embargo is usually imposed by a government. More...

silentium - A place where silence is imposed (library, religious retreat). More...

Pax Romana - An uneasy peace, as one imposed by a powerful state on a weaker or vanquished state. More...

mumbletypeg - The children's game was first mumble-the-peg, descriptive of one of the penalties imposed on the loser. More...

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