Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, April 30, 2019)
Word of the Day

brigand

Definition:(noun) An armed thief who is (usually) a member of a band.
Synonyms:bandit
Usage: You looked more like a brigand than an honest man, with your beard six inches, and your hair a foot long.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Adverbs

An adverb refers to any element in a sentence used to modify a verb, adjective, another adverb, or even an entire clause. What is an adverbial? More...
Article of the Day

The Bow Street Runners

The Bow Street Runners have been called London's first professional police force, as they were paid by the magistrate, using funds from the central government, to pursue and arrest criminals. The group was established in 1749 by the English author Henry Fielding, who had taken up law and been appointed magistrate after his plays satirizing political corruption had resulted in his effective banishment from the theater. Fielding's force was established the same year that he published what novel? More...
This Day in History

Fall of Saigon (1975)

On April 30, 1975, Saigon, the largest city in Vietnam and the capital of South Vietnam, was captured by the National Liberation Front and the People's Army of Vietnam. The event marked the end of the Vietnam War (1955-1975) and the reunification of Vietnam under communist rule. The city lost its status as the country's capital and was renamed after what Vietnamese Marxist revolutionary leader and late president of North Vietnam? More...
Today's Birthday

Eugen Bleuler (1857)

Bleuler was a Swiss psychiatrist who in 1908 introduced the term "schizophrenia" for the disorder formerly known as dementia praecox. While studying schizophrenic patients, Bleuler concluded that the disease was not one of dementia, a condition involving organic deterioration of the brain, but one consisting of a state of mind in which contradictory tendencies exist together. He argued, against accepted wisdom, that such patients were not incurable. What is the etymology of "schizophrenia"? 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

cry on (one's) shoulder

To bemoan one's problems to someone else. More...
Today's Holiday

Walpurgis Night (2019)

People who lived in the Harz Mountains of Germany believed for many centuries that witches rode across the sky on the eve of St. Walpurga's Day to hold a coven on Brocken Mountain. To frighten them off, they rang church bells, banged pots and pans, and lit torches topped with hemlock, rosemary, and juniper. The legend of Walpurgis Night is still celebrated in Germany, Austria, and Scandinavia with bonfires and other festivities designed to welcome spring by warding off demons, disaster, and darkness. St. Walpurga is the patron saint associated with protection against magic. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: loud

happy-clappy - Refers to any Christian congregation that is extremely enthusiastic, loud, and musical. More...

stentor - Homer introduced Stentor, a very loud herald, in the Iliad—which gives us stentor, "person with a loud voice," and stentorian, which originally meant "loud, booming." More...

rodomontade - Meaning loud bragging, it got its name from Rodomonto, a loud bragging Moorish king of epics. More...

thersitical, clamant - To be thersitical is to be loudmouthed or foulmouthed; clamant is loud and insistent. More...

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