Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, June 29, 2020)
Word of the Day

gangly

Definition:(adjective) Tall and thin and having long slender limbs.
Synonyms:lanky, rangy
Usage: The gangly man's suit sleeves and pant legs flapped like empty fire hoses as he walked.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Conjunctive Adverbs for Comparison

There are many conjunctive adverbs. To choose the right one, we must consider the relationship between the first and second clause. When we state that two things are alike, what two conjunctive adverbs can we use? More...
Article of the Day

The Dissolution of the Monasteries

Between 1536 and 1541, English King Henry VIII disbanded hundreds of monasteries and convents in England, appropriating their lands and stripping them of everything of value—including their roofs. Henry carried out this program of dissolution as head of the Church of England, transferring a massive amount of land, wealth, and income to the crown. The monks and nuns were absorbed into their orders, but the dissolution of the monasteries led to the loss of what culturally valuable institutions? More...
This Day in History

Algerian Leader Muhammad Boudiaf Assassinated (1992)

Boudiaf was an Algerian political leader and a founder of the National Liberation Front, which directed the Algerian War of Independence (1954-1962) against France. Boudiaf was captured in 1956 and imprisoned. He was freed after Algeria gained independence, but his opposition to the new regime led to a 27-year exile. In 1992, he was invited back to head the government and deal with rising religious influence in politics. Months later, he was assassinated by a bodyguard while doing what? More...
Today's Birthday

Giacomo Leopardi (1798)

Leopardi was an Italian poet and scholar who suffered throughout his life from chronic physical ailments and dashed hopes. Despite these challenges, he was devoted to philosophy and the classics from early childhood and became one of the most formidable linguists and writers of his time. His pessimistic poetry is admired for its brilliance, intensity, and musicality. He is considered among the great Italian poets of the 19th century. What are some of his most famous works? More...
Quotation of the Day
A man can never quite understand a boy, even when he has been the boy.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

hobby-horse

A subject, topic, or issue about which one frequently or incessantly talks, expounds, or complains. More...
Today's Holiday

Sts. Peter and Paul Day (2020)

It is said that St. Peter and St. Paul were both martyred on June 29, and for this reason their names have been linked in various observances around the world. In Peru, the Día de San Pedro y San Pablo is celebrated in fishing villages because St. Peter is the patron saint of fishermen. Processions of decorated boats carrying an image of the saint are common, and sometimes a special floating altar is set up, with decorations made out of shells and seaweed. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: tricks

snow park - An area of a piste, or ski trail, created for snowboarders and skiers to do tricks. More...

intricate - From Latin in-, "into," and tricae, "tricks, perplexities." More...

monkeyshines - A combination of monkey and shines, "capers, tricks." More...

whist - The game was originally called whisk, from "whisking away" the cards after the tricks had been taken. More...

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