Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, May 31, 2018)
Word of the Day

uncultivated

Definition:(adjective) (Of persons) lacking art or knowledge.
Synonyms:uncultured, artless
Usage: Never had they witnessed such power of mastication, and such marvelous capacity of stomach, as in this native and uncultivated gastronome.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Forming Proper Adjectives

Proper adjectives are formed from proper nouns, and like proper nouns, they are capitalized. They are often made from the names of cities, countries, or regions to describe where something comes from. What else can proper adjectives be formed from? More...
Article of the Day

Boggarts

Boggarts are malevolent household spirits of British folklore that latch on to unfortunate families and cause trouble for them by making things disappear, making milk go sour, and even stripping the linens off of beds in which people are sleeping. Superstitions about boggarts vary but often include the beliefs that the creatures should never be named and that hanging a horseshoe on the door of a house will keep them away. The features of what Uranian moon are named after mischievous spirits? More...
This Day in History

Titanic's Last Survivor Dies (2009)

More than 1,500 lives were lost when the Titanic sank on its maiden voyage in 1912. However, several hundred of the ship's 2,200 passengers managed to survive. Among them was Millvina Dean, who, at just three months of age, was the ship's youngest passenger. Though she escaped with her mother and brother, her father did not survive. Eventually, she became the disaster's last living survivor. Who helped pay for her healthcare costs toward the end of her life? More...
Today's Birthday

Marie-René-Auguste-Aléxis, Saint-Léger Léger (1887)

Known in literary circles by his nom de plume, Saint-John Perse, Léger was a French poet and diplomat. He was one of Europe's foremost diplomats prior to World War II, but he opposed appeasement of the Nazis and was dismissed by the collaborationist Vichy government in 1940. He then fled to the US, where he remained for nearly two decades. During that time, his reputation as a poet grew, and in 1960, "the soaring flight and evocative imagery of his poetry" earned him what literary award? More...
Quotation of the Day
My own business always bores me to death. I prefer other people's.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

not have much between the ears

To be rather stupid, dull, or dimwitted; to not have much common sense or basic intelligence. More...
Today's Holiday

Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival (2018)

Nova Scotia's Annapolis Valley is widely known for its apple orchards, which begin to flower in late May or early June. The area's Apple Blossom Festival is a five-day celebration whose events are held throughout the 60 towns and villages of the Annapolis Valley. In addition to a children's parade, sporting events, tours to view the apple blossoms, apple pie baking and eating contests, and a cooking competition, the festival includes the crowning of "Queen Annapolisa," who is chosen from among 18 local princesses. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: troops

squadron - Borrowed from Italian squadrone, from Latin quadrare, "square"; the sense of "military group" comes from an earlier "square formation of troops." More...

campaign - First meant an open tract of land, from Latin campus, "level ground," and the change to a military meaning came from troops "taking the field"—moving from fortress or town to open country—from which the political sense evolved, referring to the organized efforts of office-seekers to sway public opinion or influence their vote at an upcoming election. More...

echelon - Comes from French echelle, "ladder," from Latin scala, and first meant a formation of troops. More...

corporal - Its military meaning came from "the head of a body of troops," from French caporale. More...

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In the News

People who sleep in on weekends avoid dying young, study suggests

Sleeping in on a day off feels marvelous, especially for those of us who don't get nearly enough rest during the workweek. But are the extra weekend winks worth it? It's a question that psychologist Torbjorn Akerstedt, director of the Stress Research ... More...
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