Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, September 16, 2019)
Word of the Day

turndown

Definition:(noun) The act of refusing an offer.
Synonyms:nonacceptance
Usage: The turndown was polite but very firm, leaving no doubt that Roger thought our salary proposal was insufficient.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Articles and Other Parts of Speech

Articles always modify nouns. An article can also precede a noun phrase, even if it begins with an adjective or an adverb. However, articles cannot precede what part of speech? More...
Article of the Day

The Hungarian Revolution of 1956

In October 1956, discontented Hungarians—emboldened by a speech in which Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev criticized actions taken by Stalin's regime—began a revolt that quickly spread across the country, toppling the government. However, Western powers failed to respond to appeals for assistance, and the USSR soon invaded and quashed the revolution. Nevertheless, Hungary did thereafter experience a slow evolution toward some internal autonomy. Who was Time magazine's 1956 Man of the Year? More...
This Day in History

Mayflower Sets Sail for New England (1620)

The Mayflower set sail from England to the New World with 102 passengers and about 25 crew members. After a two-month voyage marked by disease, the ship dropped anchor in Cape Cod Bay. After spending the winter selecting a suitable site for their new colony and drawing up an agreement for its temporary government by the will of the majority—the Mayflower Compact—the surviving passengers settled Plymouth. Why did the Speedwell, which set out with the Mayflower, turn back? More...
Today's Birthday

Julia Drusilla (16 CE)

Drusilla was the sister of the Roman Emperor Caligula, a man widely characterized as insane, autocratic, and cruel. Drusilla was reportedly her brother's favorite sibling. During banquets at his residence, she consistently occupied the seat of honor normally reserved for the host's wife and, perhaps because of this practice, was rumored to be Caligula's lover. Upon Drusilla's death, Caligula had the Roman Senate declare her "Diva Drusilla," deifying her as a representation of what goddess? More...
Quotation of the Day
Hope is a leaf-joy, which may be beaten out to a great extension, like gold.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

collect dust

To be in a state of disuse for a prolonged period of time. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Kitts and Nevis National Heroes Day (2019)

Saint Kitts and Nevis is an island nation in the West Indies in the Leeward Islands. In 1998, the Saint Kitts and Nevis federal Parliament passed the National Honours Act. Through this act, National Heroes Day was established. On this day, the country honors those who have distinguished themselves for the good of the islands. The first National Heroes Day was celebrated on September 16, 1998. The first National Hero was the late Robert L. Bradshaw, the first Premier of the Associated State of Saint Kitts, Nevis, and Anguilla. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: pendant

pendant - A light fixture suspended from a ceiling, or the hanging part of an earring. More...

append - Originally meant "hang on" or "attach as a pendant." More...

pendant, pendent - Pendant is the noun; pendent is the adjective—meaning "hanging, suspended." More...

pennant - A blend of pendant and pennon, a banner or flag. More...

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