Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, June 7, 2016)
Word of the Day

ennui

Definition:(noun) Listlessness and dissatisfaction resulting from lack of interest; boredom.
Synonyms:boredom, tedium
Usage: On rainy days, of which we have had a good many of late, it is quite painful to witness his ennui.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Correlative Conjunctions

Correlative conjunctions, or paired conjunctions, are sets of conjunctions that are always used together. Like coordinating conjunctions, they join words, phrases, or independent clauses of similar or equal importance and structure. How do they differ from coordinating conjunctions? More...
Article of the Day

Megaliths

Thought to have been used for purposes ranging from burial chambers to devices that tracked astronomical events, megaliths are the large stones found in the Neolithic through Bronze Age constructions of the world's indigenous peoples. Though some megalithic structures are made of a single, freestanding stone, those built using multiple stones have stood without mortar or cement for millennia. What African megalith that predates Stonehenge by 1000 years is the oldest known astronomical device? More...
This Day in History

The Treaty of Tordesillas (1494)

The Treaty of Tordesillas divided newly discovered lands outside Europe between Spain and Portugal along an agreed-upon meridian approximately halfway between the Cape Verde Islands belonging to Portugal and Cuba and Hispaniola, claimed for Spain by Columbus. The Europeans had actually seen very little of the lands within the territory they were dividing, and the result was that Spain gained most of the Americas while Portugal gained Brazil. What nation invoked the treaty in the 20th century? More...
Today's Birthday

George Bryan "Beau" Brummell (1778)

Brummell was an English dandy and wit who was greatly admired for his fastidious appearance and confident manner. The leader of English fashion of his time, he influenced men of society to wear dark, simply cut clothes, elaborate neckwear, and trousers rather than breeches. After a quarrel with his friend Prince George of Wales, later King George IV, and deeply in debt from gambling, Brummell fled to France, where he struggled for 14 years before attaining what position? More...
Quotation of the Day
What a man really has, is what is in him. What is outside of him should be a matter of no importance.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

Hell hath no fury like a (certain type of person) scorned

No one will have a greater wrath or vengeance than (this type of person) when he or she has been wronged. A hyperbolic and often humorous play on the phrase "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned," in which any person, demographic, or profession may be substituted for "woman." More...
Today's Holiday

Great American Brass Band Festival (2019)

This weekend re-creation of the golden age of brass bands in America is held at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. About a dozen bands from throughout the U.S. and Canada play Sousa march music, ragtime, and jazz in the New Orleans funeral-march style. A highlight is a band playing over-the-shoulder instruments of the Civil War period; the music blew to the rear of the band so it could be heard by the troops marching behind. The festival begins with a hot-air balloon race, and music then continues through the weekend. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: slime

asphalt - Its synonyms are mineral pitch, Jews' pitch, and slime. More...

ooze - As in mud or slime, it traces back to an Old Norse word meaning "puddle, stagnant pool," and originally meant juice or sap from a plant or fruit. More...

slime - Related to Latin limus, "mud, slime." More...

mucous, mucus - Mucous is the adjective from Latin meaning "slimy," and mucus is the noun from Latin but cognate with Greek mussesthai, "blow the nose." More...

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