Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, July 25, 2018)
Word of the Day

peddle

Definition:(verb) Sell or offer for sale from place to place.
Synonyms:hawk, huckster, monger, vend, pitch
Usage: It is so hard to keep kids out of trouble and on the right track when dealers peddle drugs on every street corner.
Daily Grammar Lesson

"It" as a Dummy Pronoun

Just like the dummy pronoun "there," "it" is also used as a pronoun without an antecedent in sentences. "It" is commonly used as a dummy pronoun in discussions of what three topics? More...
Article of the Day

Albanian Sworn Virgins

In parts of northern Albania, families follow a code of ethics called Kanun. This code allows women to take a vow to remain virgins for life. In return, they are treated as men in society. Once the vow is taken, Albanian sworn virgins dress like men, do traditional men's work, and are even referred to with masculine pronouns. Women who take the vow are said to do so for various reasons, including to avoid an arranged marriage. Can the decision be revoked? More...
This Day in History

Bob Dylan Plugs In (1965)

At the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, erstwhile acoustic folk musician Bob Dylan performed with an electric guitar for the first time, marking a major shift in his career. The move did not go over well. Expecting an acoustic set like his two previous ones at Newport, the audience was caught off guard by Dylan's apparent betrayal of the folk genre, and some fans booed him loudly. His first appearance at the festival, in 1963, constituted his premiere national performance. Who invited him to play? More...
Today's Birthday

Thomas Eakins (1844)

Perhaps the greatest American artist of the 19th century, Eakins lived, worked, and taught in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for most of his life. There, he painted The Gross Clinic in 1875. Depicting a surgical operation, it was initially criticized for being too realistic, but it is now seen as his masterpiece. Eakins was an influential art teacher, but his decision to use nude models of both sexes in mixed-gender classes caused an uproar. What incident led to his resignation in 1886? More...
Quotation of the Day
Most of the luxuries, and many of the so-called comforts of life, are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Idiom of the Day

however much

No matter how much. More...
Today's Holiday

Costa Rica Annexation of Guanacaste Day (2020)

Annexation of Guanacaste Day is a Costa Rican national holiday, also known as Guanacaste Day. It marks the annexation of Guanacaste, the northern part of the Nicoya peninsula, from Nicaragua. The inhabitants of Guanacaste voted to join the state of Costa Rica on July 25, 1824. The holiday is celebrated with street fiestas, folk dancing, horse parades, and cattle shows. There are organized activities in major parks, and bullfights are a traditional part of the celebration in the Nicoya peninsula, where the holiday festivities typically last for several days. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: pierce

sashimi - Thinly sliced raw fish with a sauce, it is a compound formed from sashi, "pierce," and mi, "flesh." More...

point - "Sharp end" is the etymological notion underlying point, from Latin pungere, "pierce, prick." More...

stake - Meaning "post," it comes from a Germanic base meaning "pierce, prick." More...

stick - Comes from Germanic meaning "be sharp, pierce, prick"; the piercing notion led to "becoming fixed in something" and then "adhering." More...

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