Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, May 2, 2020)
Word of the Day

embellish

Definition:(verb) Add details to.
Synonyms:aggrandize, pad, embroider, lard, dramatize, blow up
Usage: My friends are always suspicious of my stories, because I tend to embellish the facts for dramatic effect.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Non-Finite Verbs and Gerunds

Non-finite verbs are verbs that do not have tenses or subjects that they correspond to. Instead, these verbs are usually infinitives, gerunds, or participles. What suffix do gerunds end in? More...
Article of the Day

Fernando Pessoa

Pessoa was a Portuguese poet and literary critic famous for having written under more than 70 different names. Four of these—his own, Alberto Caeiro, Ricardo Reis, and Álvaro de Campos—are well known. Each of his personas, or "heteronyms," has a putative biography and a distinct poetic voice. Many of his heteronyms had relationships with each other. Only after his death at age 47 did the rich world of his poetry become known. How old was he when he created his first heteronym? More...
This Day in History

The Battle of Alcatraz Begins (1946)

The Battle of Alcatraz followed an escape attempt from Alcatraz Island's federal penitentiary by six inmates who got stuck inside a cellhouse after failing to secure a key to the prison yard. Trapped, the inmates took the guards prisoner and took control of the cellhouse. The US Marines were called in, and two guards and three inmates died in the ensuing confrontation. Two inmates were later executed for their role in the incident. How long was it before the next attempted escape from Alcatraz? More...
Today's Birthday

Yongle Emperor (1360)

Born Zhu Di, the Yongle Emperor was the favorite son of the founder of China's Ming dynasty. He spent his youth developing a military career but was passed over for the throne. He rebelled and seized the throne from his nephew in 1402. As emperor, he greatly extended China's scope and influence. He moved the capital to Beijing, built the Forbidden City, and sponsored the compilation of an immense encyclopedia of Chinese culture and history. What was the Porcelain Tower of Nanjing? More...
Quotation of the Day
He would always feel for her that impersonal admiration which is inspired by anything very large, like the Empire State Building or the Grand Canyon of Arizona.

P. G. Wodehouse (1881-1975)

Idiom of the Day

catch a snooze

To sleep or take a nap, especially of a short duration. More...
Today's Holiday

Land Diving (Nagol) (2020)

On Pentecost Island in Vanuatu, land diving, or Nagol, is a centuries-old fertility ritual and the precursor of bungee jumping. Tree branches, trunks, and vines from the forest are used to create a tower—about 85 feet tall. Facing a test of resolve and courage, island men and boys ascend the tower with liana vines. After the diver leaps off the tower, the vines stretch nearly to the ground and the diver ducks his head out of the way and lets his shoulders touch the land. During the ritual, the entire village assembles under the tower to dance, sing, and encourage the divers. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: houses

ginnel - A long narrow passage between houses. More...

row house - Part of an unbroken line or series of houses. More...

domal - Means of or pertaining to a house or houses. More...

vicinal, vicinity - Vicinal, from Latin vicus, "group of houses," means "of or pertaining to a neighborhood"—hence, vicinity. More...

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