Daily Content Archive

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

pugilism

Definition:(noun) The skill, practice, and sport of fighting with the fists.
Synonyms:boxing, fisticuffs
Usage: My mother thinks pugilism is barbaric, but I reserve that designation for mixed-martial arts.
Daily Grammar Lesson

[sic]

When a quotation contains a mistake, such as a spelling mistake or grammatical error, but we wish to preserve the quotation exactly as it was written, we can mark it with the word "sic" (Latin for "thus" or "so") in brackets to let the reader know that the error was not our own. When should this generally be used? More...
Article of the Day

The Printing Press

The printing press is widely regarded as one of the most important inventions of the second millennium, one that revolutionized people's access to information and ushered in the modern age. Johannes Gutenberg, the first European to print using movable type and a press, is generally credited with the development of the process that remained the principal means of printing until the late 20th century. Which of his printed works, completed by 1455, are perhaps the most valuable books in the world? More...
This Day in History

Massachusetts Colonists Protest Tax with the Boston Tea Party (1773)

In 1773, American colonists led by Samuel Adams dressed as Native Americans and threw hundreds of chests of tea from three British ships into Boston Harbor. The action was taken to prevent the payment of a British tax on tea and to protest the British monopoly of the colonial tea trade authorized by the Tea Act. In retaliation, Parliament passed the Intolerable Acts, which further united the colonies against the British. What American founding father called for the cost of the tea to be repaid? More...
Today's Birthday

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770)

One of the greatest composers of Western classical music, Beethoven was born to a musical family and was a precociously gifted pianist and violist. After nine years as a court musician, he moved to Vienna to study with Joseph Haydn. There, he quickly won fame and renown as both a virtuoso and a composer. He went on to become the first major composer to be able to earn a living independently, without support from the church or court. Beethoven's deafness resulted in what unique historical record? More...
Quotation of the Day
Great men are seldom over-scrupulous in the arrangement of their attire.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Idiom of the Day

go out with the girls

To go and socialize somewhere with a group of exclusively female friends. More...
Today's Holiday

Misa de Gallo (2019)

Misa de Gallo is the start of the Christmas season in the Philippines, blending Christian tradition with the harvest thanksgiving of the ancient Filipinos. As the first cockcrows are heard at dawn on Dec. 16, bells of the Roman Catholic churches ring, brass bands parade through towns, and skyrockets burst—all to awaken people for the Misa de Gallo (Cock's Mass in English and Simbang Gabi in Tagalog) each morning of the festival. On Dec. 24 there is a midnight mass, after which people congregate in food stalls or go home for traditional breakfasts of rice cakes and ginger tea. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: rent

rentier - A person who makes income from rent. More...

disposable income, discretionary income - Disposable income is money you have left after paying taxes; discretionary income is money left over after paying for rent, food, utilities, and life's other necessities. More...

farm - Comes from medieval Latin firma, "fixed annual payment or rent." More...

ablocate - To rent or rent out. More...

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