Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, July 19, 2017)
Word of the Day

repose

Definition:(noun) The act of resting or the state of being at rest.
Synonyms:ease, relaxation, rest
Usage: The vacationer took his repose beside the swimming pool.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Focusing Adverbs that Partially Limit Information

Focusing adverbs are used to draw attention to a particular part of a clause. Sometimes, we want to emphasize information that isn't completely limited, but rather partially limited. What is the partially limiting focusing adverb in the following sentence? "A few people were missing at the party, notably Tom." More...
Article of the Day

Murano Glass

Murano glass has been a famous product of the Venetian island of Murano for centuries and is still made today using the ancient techniques. The island's reputation as a glassmaking center was born when the Venetian Republic, fearful of fires that could destroy the city's mostly wood buildings, ordered glassmakers to move their foundries to Murano in 1291. Although Murano's glassmakers soon became the island's most prominent citizens, they had to adhere to one strict rule. What was it? More...
This Day in History

WWI: Battle of Fromelles Begins (1916)

The Battle of Fromelles was fought in France during WWI between Germany and a combined force of British and Australian troops. More than 1,500 British and 5,500 Australian soldiers were killed, wounded, or taken prisoner. The battle resulted in a decisive victory for Germany, which suffered 1,500 casualties. The Australian War Memorial describes the battle as "the worst 24 hours in Australia's entire history." What future world leader is believed to have served in the battle? More...
Today's Birthday

Edgar Degas (1834)

Degas was a French painter and sculptor. After copying the Old Masters and becoming a skilled draftsman, he was introduced to Impressionism by Édouard Manet. He then gave up his academic aspirations to pursue art exclusively. Many of his works depict the fast-paced city life of Paris, particularly the ballet, theater, circus, track, and cafés, and feature non-traditional compositions influenced by Japanese prints and photography. Which of his works was criticized for its "appalling ugliness"? More...
Quotation of the Day
Woman inspires us to great things, and prevents us from achieving them.

Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870)

Idiom of the Day

cat's pajamas

Something or someone highly enjoyable, desirable, or impressive, especially in a fancy or elaborate way. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. More...
Today's Holiday

Swan Upping (2017)

The tradition of marking newborn swans goes back six centuries, when most of the swans on England's public waters were owned by the Queen. Every year since 1363, the Queen's swan master and the swan wardens of the two livery companies row up the Thames, starting at Blackfriars and continuing upstream to Abingdon, and "up" all the swan families into the boats, where they are marked with identification numbers. There are very specific rules governing how ownership is decided, and the six boats, each flying a large silk flag, form a procession that has changed little over the centuries. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: ruler

rector - First was a ruler or governor, now it is generally a person conducting a religious service. More...

sultan - Comes from the Arabic word for "ruler," from Aramaic shultana, "power." More...

Inca - A Quechua word meaning "king, lord, ruler." More...

rule - One of many words from Latin regula, "straight stick, ruler." More...

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