Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, August 25, 2017)
Word of the Day

embodiment

Definition:(noun) A new personification of a familiar idea.
Synonyms:avatar, incarnation
Usage: The State is the visible embodiment of justice under the conditions of human society.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Short vs. Long Adverbs

If we use more than one adverb to describe a verb, there is a general order in which the different categories of adverbs should appear. However, an adverb's length can also impact where it is placed in a sentence. Do short adverbs or long adverbs tend to be positioned first? More...
Article of the Day

Ars Goetia

Ars Goetia is the title of the first section of The Lesser Key of Solomon, an anonymous 17th-century book of magic that became one of the most popular texts of demonology. The Ars Goetia describes the 72 demons that King Solomon is said to have confined in a magic vessel and includes instructions on how to use magic rituals to call up the same demons to do the conjurer's will. What famous British occultist published a revised version of the Ars Goetia? More...
This Day in History

Uruguay Declares Its Independence from Brazil (1825)

In 1811, José Gervasio Artigas, who would become Uruguay's national hero, launched a successful revolution against the Spanish authorities who ruled a combined Uruguay and Argentina. Ten years later, the eastern province of Uruguay was annexed by Brazil, which was still under Portuguese rule. Brazil became independent from Portugal the following year, and in 1825, Uruguay declared independence from Brazil. Why is the country now called the Oriental Republic of Uruguay? More...
Today's Birthday

Ivan the Terrible (1530)

Ivan IV was the first ruler of Russia to formally assume the title "czar." His early reign saw modernization, expansion, and reform. However, after a near-fatal illness, a failed war against Sweden and Poland, and the death of a wife, Ivan's mental state deteriorated. He withdrew to his personal territory, and his later reign was marked by extreme violence, repression, and tyranny. He rid himself of unwanted wives by forcing them into convents. Why did Ivan murder his son—and only heir—in 1581? More...
Quotation of the Day
The remedy is worse than the disease.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

the lady of the house

A woman who looks after and runs the house; the matriarch of a family or household. More...
Today's Holiday

Uruguay Independence Day (2017)

This national holiday commemorates the declaration of independence of Uruguay from Portuguese rule on this day in 1825. By 1828, Uruguay was officially autonomous. Patriotic ceremonies are held in the capital city of Montevideo, with speeches and the singing of the national anthem. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: starts

ptarmic - Describing a substance that starts a sneezing bout. More...

early adopter - A person who starts using a technology or product as soon as it becomes available. More...

prolepsis - Anticipation before something starts is prolepsis. More...

start from scratch - Comes from giving handicaps to some competitors in racing; a contestant who starts from scratch (a line scratched in the turf or gravel) is the one who has no special advantage. More...

In the News

Chinese man has gecko removed from ear canal - Channel3000.com - WISC-TV3

A Chinese man who was suffering from a severe headache ended up having a live gecko removed from his ear. The Huffington Post reports the man went to the hospital with severe pain and told doctors he could feel something moving inside of his ear. Upon ... More...
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