Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, March 31, 2017)
Word of the Day

invective

Definition:(noun) Denunciatory or abusive language.
Synonyms:vituperation, vitriol
Usage: Bartle had become so excited and angry in the course of his invective that he had forgotten his supper.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Categories of Prepositions

Prepositions can be divided into eight categories: time, place, direction or movement, agency, instrument or device, reason or purpose, connection, and origin. However, many prepositions will fall under two or more categories. In that case, how can you determine what type of preposition is being used in a sentence? More...
Article of the Day

Masamune Okazaki

Widely recognized as Japan's greatest swordsmith, Masamune is thought to have forged most of his swords in the 14th c, but because no exact dates are known for his birth or death, he has attained an almost legendary status. With a reputation for superior beauty and quality—remarkable at a time when the steel used in sword making was often impure—his swords are often referred to by the name of their maker, much like famous works of art. What is the best known Masamune, and where is it today? More...
This Day in History

UNIVAC Computer Delivered to the US Census Bureau (1951)

By 1870, the US population was so large that hand-counting the census was no longer feasible. Despite the invention of a counting machine, by the time the 1880 census was tabulated, it was almost 1890. Dealing with so much data remained a problem until the late 1940s, when the Census Bureau commissioned the first civilian computer. In 1951, it was used to count part of the 1950 census and was so successful that the bureau bought another. What presidential election did UNIVAC correctly predict? More...
Today's Birthday

Joseph Haydn (1732)

The principal shaper of the Classical style, Haydn was an Austrian composer who exerted major influence on his contemporaries, including Mozart, and future composers. The first great symphonist, he composed 106 symphonies and virtually invented the string quartet. By his later years, he was recognized internationally as the greatest living composer. He composed important works in almost every genre. As a teacher, Haydn had a difficult relationship with what famous student? More...
Quotation of the Day
In a democracy the poor will have more power than the rich, because there are more of them, and the will of the majority is supreme.

Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC)

Idiom of the Day

broken-hearted

Very sad, typically due to a tragic event or the end of a romantic relationship. More...
Today's Holiday

Mothering Sunday (2019)

It was the custom in 17th-century England for Christians to pay their respects on the fourth Sunday in Lent to the "Mother Church" where they had been baptized. This day usually included a visit to one's parents—to "go a-mothering," as it was called back then. In the Roman Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion, the fourth Sunday in Lent is known as Laetare Sunday. The Introit of the Mass begins with the word "Rejoice" (laetare in Latin), marking a slight respite in the solemn Lenten season. Priests may wear rose-colored vestments to mass, instead of the usual purple for Lent. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: heels

sparable - A headless nail used for soles and heels of shoes. More...

recalcitrant - Comes from Latin recalcitrare, "kick out with the heels," from calx, "heel." More...

heel - The crusty ends of a loaf of bread are its heels. More...

Dog Star - Named for its appearing to follow at the heels of Orion the hunter. More...

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