Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, October 3, 2017)
Word of the Day

mantel

Definition:(noun) The protruding shelf over a fireplace.
Synonyms:chimneypiece, mantelpiece
Usage: There were also perhaps a dozen candles about, two in brass candlesticks upon the mantel and several in sconces, so that the room was brilliantly illuminated.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Personal Pronouns and Possessive Case

As the name implies, the possessive (or genitive) case changes the inflection of a personal pronoun to mark possession. There are two forms of personal pronouns in the possessive case. What are they? More...
Article of the Day

Cursus Honorum

A Latin phrase meaning "course of honors," the cursus honorum was the sequential order of public offices held by politicians in both the Roman Republic and the early Empire. The cursus honorum forbade repeating an office, and it set a minimum age for election to each post and minimum intervals between holding successive offices. However, these rules were often ignored toward the end of the Republic. At what age could candidates be elected to their first official post? More...
This Day in History

George Washington Creates Thanksgiving Day (1789)

Though the feast held in 1621 may be better remembered, the first official national Thanksgiving in the US was declared in 1789. On that day, Washington, the president at the time, offered thanks for "the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty" following the revolution. Thanksgiving feasts were declared sporadically until 1863, when President Lincoln established it as a lasting holiday. Traditionally, the president pardons a live turkey each year. Why have recent presidents pardoned two? More...
Today's Birthday

Alain-Fournier (1886)

Henri-Alban Fournier, who published as Alain-Fournier, was a French novelist known for his single full-length work, Le Grand Meaulnes. The poetic novel about a youthful search for the ideal was published in 1913 and is now considered a classic of French literature. Set in an imaginary locale, it is a blend of the author's own childhood and his mystical ideas. Though he began work on a second novel in 1914, he was killed in action in WWI that year. When was his body finally identified? More...
Quotation of the Day
Patriotism is like charity—it begins at home.

Henry James (1843-1916)

Idiom of the Day

in a pig's ear

An exclamation of emphatic denial, dissent, or disbelief of something. Likely a variant of "in a pig's eye," meaning the same. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. More...
Today's Holiday

Olney White Squirrel Count (2020)

The community of Olney, Illinois, boasts a population of rare white squirrels. It is believed that the animals first appeared in the area just after the American Civil War. For many years, Olney has been concerned with preserving the squirrels. Every year an official count is done to determine how the white squirrel population is surviving. Professors from nearby Central College, with the help of volunteers, try to gauge whether the number of animals is increasing or decreasing and whether any migration is taking place. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: torment

aghast - From a verb agastea, "frighten," based on an Old English word meaning "torment." More...

cruciation - Another word for torment or torture. More...

crux - Originated as a reference to a real cross and its association with torment and trouble. More...

dretch - To torment. More...

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