Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, May 13, 2017)
Word of the Day

perdition

Definition:(noun) The abode of Satan and the forces of evil; where sinners suffer eternal punishment.
Synonyms:Hell, infernal region, nether region, the pit, Inferno
Usage: She feared the fires of perdition and listened closely to the preacher's sermon about purity of heart and avoiding sin.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Subject Complements

A subject complement is the information that follows a linking verb to describe, identify, or rename the subject of the clause. What are the three types of subject complements? More...
Article of the Day

Petrosomatoglyphs

Petrosomatoglyphs are naturally-occurring or man-made representations of human or animal body parts that are found incised in rock. Footprints are the most common form of petrosomatoglyph. The ancient images, some of which date back to megalithic times, were once considered important symbols and were used in both religious and secular ceremonies. Throughout history, these imprints have been attributed to numerous figures, including the devil, Jesus, the prophet Mohammed, and what legendary king? More...
This Day in History

Lei Áurea: Slavery Abolished in Brazil (1888)

By the 1870s, the plantation culture of northeast Brazil was already crumbling, and the growth of the movement to abolish slavery threatened it even more. The slave trade had been abolished in 1850, and a law for gradual emancipation was passed in 1871. In 1888, while Pedro II was in Europe and his daughter Isabel was governing, slavery was completely abolished—making Brazil the last Western nation to do so. The law that officially abolished slavery was called Lei Áurea, which means what? More...
Today's Birthday

Beatrice "Bea" Arthur (1922)

Arthur was an American actress, comedian, and singer whose lengthy career began on the stage. In 1966, she won a Tony award for her role in the musical Mame. She went on to achieve fame on television as the character Maude Findlay on the 1970s sitcoms All in the Family and Maude and as Dorothy Zbornak on the 1980s sitcom The Golden Girls, winning Emmy Awards for both roles. Arthur appeared in what notoriously poorly received 1978 holiday TV special? More...
Quotation of the Day
Belladonna, n.: In Italian a beautiful lady; in English a deadly poison. A striking example of the essential identity of the two tongues.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

billet-doux

A love letter. More...
Today's Holiday

International Bar-B-Q Festival (2017)

This is a two-day mouth-watering event in Owensboro, Kentucky, which calls itself the Bar-B-Q Capital of the World. In the course of the weekend, 10 tons of mutton, 5,000 chickens, and 1,500 gallons of burgoo are cooked and served. The barbecue-pit fires are lit on the banks of the Ohio River, and the chicken and meat—always mutton, not beef—is barbecued when the coals are red. Other events include arts and crafts exhibits, bluegrass and country music, street dancing, and contests of pie eating, keg throwing and horseshoe throwing. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: par

double eagle - Three strokes under par on a single golf hole. Also called an albatross. More...

par - Latin, literally "equal, equality." More...

double bogey - Two strokes over par. More...

birdie - The golf term birdie is a diminutive of bird, "first-rate thing," as it is one stroke under par for a hole. More...

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