Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, March 31, 2019)
Word of the Day

two-piece

Definition:(noun) A woman's very brief bathing suit.
Synonyms:bikini
Usage: Kristen changed into her two-piece and jumped into the pool.
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

The Chaperon

The chaperon was a type of hood worn throughout Western Europe in the Middle Ages. It was especially fashionable in 15th-century Burgundy. The French verb chaperonner, meaning "to cover with a hood," was derived from the name of the headgear and later came to mean "to protect." Under the influence of the verb sense, the French noun chaperon came to mean "escort," a meaning that was borrowed into English by the early 1700s. Why was Joan of Arc denounced for wearing a chaperon? More...
This Day in History

The Alhambra Decree Is Issued (1492)

Fourteen years after Ferdinand II and Isabella I, the "Catholic Monarchs" of Spain, established the Spanish Inquisition to discover and punish converted Jews—and later Muslims—who were insincere, they issued the Alhambra Decree, an edict ordering the expulsion of all Jews who refused to convert to Christianity. Any Jew who did not convert or leave by the deadline faced execution. Non-Jews found sheltering or hiding Jews had all of their belongings seized. When was the edict officially revoked? 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
Like all weak men he laid an exaggerated stress on not changing one's mind.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

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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