Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, August 2, 2018)
Word of the Day

bemuse

Definition:(verb) Cause to be confused emotionally.
Synonyms:discombobulate, bewilder, throw
Usage: He finds it important not to bemuse readers with pompous language and is noted for his straightforward, uncomplicated writing style.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Most as an "Intensifier"

We often find the adverb "most" being used as an intensifier of other adverbs, especially in formal speech or writing. In these instances, "most" does not indicate a superlative adverb (i.e., in comparison to others in a group). How does it function instead? More...
Article of the Day

Checkmate

Now employed in modern parlance to describe an irrefutable, strategic victory, "checkmate" is the term used in the game of chess to indicate the situation in which one player's king is threatened with capture and no escape or defense is possible. Delivering checkmate is the ultimate goal in chess, and the player who forces it wins the game. The term "checkmate" is an alteration of the Persian phrase shah mat, which means what? More...
This Day in History

Potsdam Conference Concludes (1945)

The Potsdam Conference was an Allied conference held in the Berlin suburb of Potsdam after Germany's surrender in World War II. Representing the US, USSR, and UK, respectively, Harry Truman, Joseph Stalin, and Winston Churchill met there to discuss European peace settlements and reparations, the administration of Germany, the demarcation of Poland, the occupation of Austria, the USSR's role in eastern Europe, and the war against Japan. Who replaced Churchill during the conference? More...
Today's Birthday

Carroll O'Connor (1924)

O'Connor was an American actor who started out on the stage and appeared in a number of movies in the 1950s and 60s. He gained fame in the 70s and early 80s playing Archie Bunker in All in the Family and Archie Bunker's Place, winning numerous Emmy awards for his portrayal of the bigoted yet loveable blue-collar family man. He later starred as a progressive Southern sheriff on the TV show In the Heat of the Night. Which of O'Connor's relatives also had a role on that show? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is sometimes a little lonely to be surrounded everywhere by a happiness that is not your own.

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942)

Idiom of the Day

case of the dropsy

A fictitious "condition" characterized by continually dropping things from one's hands. It is a play on the term "dropsy," which was formerly used to denote the condition now known as edema (or oedema). More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of Porcingula (2019)

On the Feast of Porcingula (named after the shrine in Portiuncula, Italy), Native Americans at the Jemez Pueblo in New Mexico hold a celebration that combines both traditional Indian and Roman Catholic elements. On August 2, a mass is sung in honor of Santa Maria de los Angeles, after which the priest of Jemez accompanies her image to the shrine in the plaza. Throughout the festival, the Pecos "bull" (a dancer carrying a framework that resembles a bull) is prodded with sticks and tormented in mock bullfights. After that the corn dance is performed before Santa Maria's shrine. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: jest

joke - Latin jocus, "jest, joke," gave us joke. More...

ludicrous - Early senses of ludicrous, from the adjective ludic, were "sportive," "intended as jest" and "spontaneously playful." More...

juggle, juggler - Juggle is from Latin joculus, a diminutive of jocus, and a juggler was originally a jester. More...

jocose - From Latin jocus, it means "full of jokes." More...

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