Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, August 26, 2018)
Word of the Day

festivity

Definition:(noun) Any joyous diversion.
Synonyms:celebration
Usage: The whole town was filled with mirth and dance and festivity.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Dangling Prepositions

A dangling preposition (also called a "hanging preposition" or "stranded preposition") refers to a preposition whose object occurs earlier in the sentence, or else does not have an object in the sentence at all. It is considered "dangling," "hanging," or "stranded" because it does not form what? More...
Article of the Day

Spring Heeled Jack

Spring Heeled Jack appears in Victorian-era English folklore as a devilish-looking creature with remarkable leaping ability. After the first alleged sighting in 1837, reports of his supposed exploits and attacks on young women began appearing in the press. Each account furnished him with additional diabolical features, such as clawed hands and glowing eyes. "Sightings" persisted until 1904, and he remains an enduring part of popular culture. What are some theories about the origin of the figure? More...
This Day in History

The Battle of Katzbach (1813)

During the Napoleonic Wars, France battled the shifting alliances of European powers in an attempt to affirm Napoleon's supremacy. The battle between the French and the Prussians at the Katzbach River, however, came about somewhat by accident. On a stormy August day in the Prussian province of Silesia, the two forces stumbled upon one another. The French recovered from the surprise first and attacked despite orders to defend. Their effort was met with a heavy counterattack. Who won the battle? More...
Today's Birthday

Peggy Guggenheim (1898)

Born to a wealthy New York City family, Guggenheim grew up in luxury, inherited a fortune in her early 20s, and became a friend, patron, and sometime lover to a number of avant-garde artists and writers. She spent the 1930s living in Paris and then London, where she opened her first gallery, Guggenheim Jeune. World War II impelled her return to New York, whereupon she married artist Max Ernst and opened a new gallery featuring her vast collection. Where did she take her collection after the war? More...
Quotation of the Day
Never lose a chance of saying a kind word.

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863)

Idiom of the Day

pull a prank (on someone)

To carry out a trick, deception, or practical joke (against someone). More...
Today's Holiday

Nariyal Purnima (Coconut Day) (2018)

Nariyal (or Narali) Purnima, Coconut Day, is celebrated by Hindus in western India in the union territory of Daman and Diu and in the nearby state of Maharashtra at the end of the monsoon season. This is the time of year when the fishing and water-trade season begins again, and, in thanks, people gather at the shores and throw coconuts into the Arabian Sea as offerings to Varuna, the sea god. Because the nut of the coconut appears to have three eyes, it is associated with the god Shiva. Many consider breaking a coconut to bring good luck to any new venture, such as the beginning of the trade season. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: trim

trim - To maintain an aircraft at a steady altitude. More...

ruche - A frill of gathered ribbon as a trimming. More...

falbala - The trimming or flounce on a woman's petticoat. More...

soutache - The band trimming on robes and pajamas. More...

In the News

Muppet on Mars? NASA image from the Red Planet sparks comparisons to famous puppet

Extra terrestrials may not be openly roaming the Red Planet, but muppets might be. A recent image taken by a camera aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in the midst of a Martian dust storm captured a view of Mars' south pole — and a formation ... More...
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