Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, September 17, 2018)
Word of the Day

maltreat

Definition:(verb) To treat badly, cruelly, or inconsiderately.
Synonyms:abuse, ill-treat, ill-use, step
Usage: Despite assurances that no one would maltreat the accused mass murderer in prison, he arrived at his hearing with two black eyes and a swollen lip.
Daily Grammar Lesson

The Objective Case

We largely do not inflect (change the form of) words to reflect whether they are acting as subjects or objects in a sentence. Personal pronouns, however, have a unique form in the objective case. "Me" and "us" are two personal pronouns in the objective case. What are the others? More...
Article of the Day

Spinsters

By the 14th century, a woman whose occupation was spinning thread to be woven into cloth was called a "spinster." Over time, the term came to denote unmarried women of any occupation—many of whom engaged in spinning as a respectable way to earn income—and began being used in official legal documents to refer to a woman who had never married. Despite its negative connotations, its use persisted into the 21st century. When was the term finally replaced in the legal documents of the UK? More...
This Day in History

"Is Paul McCartney Dead?" (1969)

If one is to believe the rumors, the real Paul McCartney died at the height of Beatlemania and was secretly replaced by a double. The precise origins of this urban legend are unknown, but it gained traction at around the time that the band was breaking up. This is attributed in part to an article published in an Iowa university student newspaper addressing the rumors and pointing to supposed clues in the band's music and album artwork that alluded to the rocker's death. What are some examples? More...
Today's Birthday

Sir Frederick William Mallandaine Ashton (1904)

Ashton is best known as the founding choreographer of England's Royal Ballet. He was drawn to dance at age 13 after attending a performance by the legendary Anna Pavlova in Peru, where he grew up. While studying dance with Léonide Massine and Marie Rambert, he began staging works. In the 1930s, he joined what would later become the Royal Ballet as its chief choreographer. Ashton is largely responsible for the elegantly reserved style of English classical dance. What are his most famous works? More...
Quotation of the Day
Some cynical Frenchman has said that there are two parties to a love-transaction: the one who loves and the other who condescends to be so treated.

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863)

Idiom of the Day

be rained out

To be delayed, postponed, or cancelled due to the rain. More...
Today's Holiday

Angola National Heroes Day (2018)

National Heroes Day in Angola is celebrated on the birthday of the man considered to be the nation's founder, Antonio Agostinho Neto. National Heroes Day honors Neto, his ideals for his country, and his accomplishments, as well as those who lost their lives in the struggle for Angolan independence. In addition to ceremonies and speeches, special sports events are often held on this day, including competitions in basketball, cycling, football, chess, swimming, volleyball, and other athletics. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: nourishment

foster - Comes from the Germanic base for "food" and it originally meant "food, nourishment." More...

inanity, inanition - Inanity is intellectual or spiritual emptiness; inanition is the lack of nourishment. More...

meat - First meant "food, nourishment"—especially solid food as opposed to drink. More...

nourishment - Wine or spirits given medicinally can be called nourishment. More...

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