Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, April 12, 2020)
Word of the Day

tomfoolery

Definition:(noun) Foolish or senseless behavior.
Synonyms:lunacy, craziness, folly, indulgence
Usage: Having had enough of our tomfoolery, the teacher sternly warned us to settle down and behave.
Daily Grammar Lesson

The Present Indicative vs. the Future Indicative

The present indicative describes things that are happening, are about to happen, or are believed to be happening. What does the future indicative describe? More...
Article of the Day

Pyotr Stolypin

Stolypin was the prime minister of Russia from 1906 to 1911 under Nicholas II, the last tsar of Russia. Stolypin instituted agrarian reforms that improved the welfare of peasants, reasoning that as a landed class they would be more loyal to the tsar. At the same time, he was ruthless in suppressing the growing revolutionary movement and executed hundreds in 1906 and 1907. He was, in turn, assassinated by a revolutionary. What did Tsar Nicholas reportedly say to Stolypin on his deathbed? More...
This Day in History

Liberian President William R. Tolbert Is Killed in Military Coup (1980)

Liberia was founded in the 1820s by former slaves from the US, and tensions between the Americo-Liberian minority and the indigenous majority have persisted since that time. On April 12, 1980, a group of soldiers led by Samuel Kanyon Doe stormed the executive mansion, killing Americo-Liberian President William R. Tolbert and 27 other government leaders. Doe, a member of the ethnic Krahn tribe, then declared himself president. How had a rice scandal seriously undermined Tolbert? More...
Today's Birthday

Herbert Jeffrey "Herbie" Hancock (1940)

Hancock is a jazz and funk pianist, composer, and bandleader who emerged as part of Miles Davis's group in the mid-1960s. An early adopter of electronic instruments, he became involved with funk and disco in the 70s, while continuing to tour with jazz groups, such as that of Wynton Marsalis. He won an Academy Award for his original score of the 1986 film 'Round Midnight and has won 14 Grammys, including "Album of the Year" for a work that paid tribute to what fellow musician? More...
Quotation of the Day
The world would do well to reflect, that injustice is in itself, to every generous and properly constituted mind, an injury, of all others the most insufferable, the most torturing, and the most hard to bear.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Idiom of the Day

have (one's) hand out

To be in request, demand, or expectation of benefits, such as welfare, especially when undeserved or unneeded. More...
Today's Holiday

Vlöggelen (2020)

As practiced in the eastern Netherlands village of Ootmarsum, the Vlöggelen, or Winging Ceremony, is believed to be the remnant of an ancient spring fertility rite. It is a ritualistic dance through the cobbled streets led by eight unmarried men, linked to form a human chain that advances slowly, "like birds on the wing." The dancers enter the front doors of shops, inns, and farmhouses to the melody of an old Easter hymn with so many verses that the dancers must read the words pinned to the back of the person in front of them. Later, the men fetch firewood for a huge bonfire that night. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: trim

trim - To maintain an aircraft at a steady altitude. More...

ruche - A frill of gathered ribbon as a trimming. More...

falbala - The trimming or flounce on a woman's petticoat. More...

soutache - The band trimming on robes and pajamas. More...

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