Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, March 9, 2015)
Word of the Day

mercantile

Definition:(adjective) Of or relating to merchants or trade.
Synonyms:commercial
Usage: With so many vendors, the mercantile aspect of the historical site has nearly overtaken its original purpose.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Hyphens

A hyphen ( - ) is used primarily to join two or more words to form a new, compound word or to provide clarity when using certain affixes (such as prefixes). What is a hanging hyphen? More...
Article of the Day

The Gates of Tashkent

The Gates of Tashkent were built around the town of Tashkent, Uzbekistan, in the 10th century. The last of the gates was destroyed in 1890, but several of the city's districts still bear their names. The gates, which varied in number over time, served as fortifications for the original settlement located at the intersection of the Bozsuv canal and caravan routes from the Tien Shan Mountains. Who was in charge of protecting the wooden gates? More...
This Day in History

Edward R. Murrow's See It Now Airs McCarthyism Episode (1954)

In the early 1950s, US Senator Joseph McCarthy persecuted scores of people he deemed subversive in a series of widely-publicized hearings that whipped the public into an anti-Communist frenzy. In 1954, journalist Edward R. Murrow produced an episode of his TV show See It Now that criticized the Red Scare and turned public opinion against McCarthy using the senator's own words. Murrow later invited McCarthy to respond. What happened when the senator accepted? More...
Today's Birthday

Vita Sackville-West (1892)

Sackville-West was an aristocratic English writer and gardener who married the diplomat and author Harold Nicolson in 1913. Their complicated relationship is chronicled in Portrait of a Marriage, a biography inspired by her journals and written by their son Nigel. The gardens at Sissinghurst Castle, which she designed, are among the most visited in England. However, she is perhaps best remembered for her love affair with author Virginia Woolf, which inspired which of Woolf's novels? More...
Quotation of the Day
To me, fair friend, you never can be old
For as you were when first your eye I eyed,
Such seems your beauty still.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Idiom of the Day

toss (one's) hat in(to) the ring

To announce or make known one's intention to compete against others for something, especially in a political race. More...
Today's Holiday

Forty Martyrs' Day (2015)

The "Forty Martyrs of Sebaste" were Roman soldiers quartered in Armenia in 320 CE; they are greatly revered in the Eastern Orthodox Church. In Greece, special foods are prepared, such as cake with 40 layers of pastry and stew with 40 herbs. In Romania, little cakes called sfintisori ("little mints") are baked and given to and received from every passerby. Coliva is also traditional. Farm tools are readied for work, and hearth ashes are spread around the cottage to keep the serpent from entering. (Each home is said to have a serpent protecting it). More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: mention

oojah, ooja-ka-piv, oojiboo - An oojah or ooja-ka-piv or oojiboo is "a thing whose name one forgets, does not know, or prefers not to mention." More...

apophasis - Mentioning a subject by saying one is not going to mention it. More...

infandous - Describing something too horrible to mention. More...

mention - Its etymological notion is "reminding," from Latin mentio, "remembrance." More...

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