Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, January 7, 2019)
Word of the Day

rebutter

Definition:(noun) A debater who refutes or disproves by offering contrary evidence or argument.
Synonyms:confuter
Usage: Although our opponent's speech was well-received by the crowd, our rebutter was confident that she could disprove most of his claims.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Subjunctive Mood

The subjunctive mood refers to verbs that are used to describe hypothetical or non-real actions, events, or situations. What is the subjective mood most commonly used to express? More...
Article of the Day

Marriage Stones

A marriage stone is a stone—or sometimes wood—lintel carved with the initials, coats of arms, or other symbols of a newly married couple along with the date of their marriage. Occasionally, religious symbols or artistic motifs are also incorporated into the design. Popular until Victorian times, marriage stones served as a record of a marriage as well as a symbol of social status. For whose 2005 wedding was a two-ton, granite marriage stone created? More...
This Day in History

First Crossing of the English Channel by Air (1785)

In the dangerous, early days of balloon flight, French inventor Jean-Pierre Blanchard became the first person to travel across the English Channel by air. Not long after, another pair of balloonists attempted to repeat this feat, but the two were killed when their balloon exploded. Blanchard himself eventually died in a ballooning accident, and his widow suffered a similar fate about a decade later. With what useless objects did Blanchard attempt to steer his balloon during early flights? More...
Today's Birthday

Millard Fillmore (1800)

Born in a log cabin in rural New York, Fillmore was compelled to work at an early age to help support his large, impoverished family. Despite his limited education, he became a lawyer and was elected vice president under Zachary Taylor. Upon Taylor's death in 1850, Fillmore was sworn in as president. His attempt to take a moderate stance on the highly contentious issue of slavery ended his political career. While being fed soup, a dying Fillmore made what remark that turned out to be his last? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is not wealth one asks for, but just enough to preserve one's dignity, to work unhampered, to be generous, frank, and independent.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

jet-setter

A wealthy individual who travels globally, especially by private jet, to frequent fashionable resorts, social events, and the like. More...
Today's Holiday

Ganna (2021)

The Christmas celebration in Ethiopia (observing the Coptic Orthodox calendar), which is officially called Leddat, is more popularly known as Ganna, after the game that is traditionally played on this day by boys, young men, and occasionally elders. According to legend, the shepherds were so happy when they heard about the birth of Jesus that they used their hooked staffs to play ganna—a game similar to field hockey. Pilgrims gather in the spectacular medieval churches in Lalibela for services, music, and food. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: retreat

retreatant - A person taking part in a retreat. More...

anabasis, catabasis - An anabasis is a military expedition and a catabasis is the retreat of an army. More...

ivory tower - Suggests elegant detachment in a cool, white aerie, where a poet or philosopher might retreat to think and write. More...

resile, arsle - To resile or arsle is to recoil, retreat, or draw back. More...

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