Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, September 13, 2017)
Word of the Day

auxiliary

Definition:(adjective) Functioning in a supporting capacity.
Synonyms:subsidiary, supplemental, supplementary
Usage: The main library and its auxiliary branches serviced the needs of the large community.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using Idioms that End with Prepositions

Idioms that end with prepositions are typically phrasal verbs and consist of a verb followed by either a preposition, a particle, or a particle with a preposition. How is this type of prepositional idiom used in a sentence? More...
Article of the Day

Sigils

A sigil is a symbol, usually composed of a complex combination of meaningful symbols or geometric figures, that has a specific magical purpose. In medieval ceremonial magic, the term was used to refer to the occult signs that were believed to represent individual angels and demons and which were used by magicians to summon and control these beings. Sigils are also commonly found in Jewish mysticism and Kabbalistic magic and are used by practitioners of what type of magic? More...
This Day in History

Oslo Accords Officially Signed (1993)

The Oslo Accords, providing for the withdrawal of Israeli troops from the West Bank and Gaza and for limited Palestinian self-government, resulted from the first direct negotiation between Israel and the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO). Though talks were conducted in secret in Oslo, Norway, the agreement was signed publicly in Washington, DC. It was signed in the presence of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO leader Yasser Arafat, yet neither signed it. Who did? More...
Today's Birthday

Walter Reed (1851)

Reed was an American army doctor, pathologist, and bacteriologist. He began studying the transmission of yellow fever in 1897. Three years later, he was sent to Havana, Cuba, as head of an army commission to investigate an outbreak of the disease among American soldiers. He proved that yellow fever was spread by infected mosquitoes, and, in 1901, efforts to combat an outbreak in Havana succeeded within 90 days. Walter Reed Army Hospital is named in his honor. What medical malady killed Reed? More...
Quotation of the Day
What terrified me will terrify others; and I need only describe the specter which had haunted my midnight pillow.

Mary Shelley (1797-1851)

Idiom of the Day

help (oneself) (to something)

To serve oneself (something); to take, consume, or indulge in (something) freely or without permission or restraint. More...
Today's Holiday

Avening Pig Face Day (2020)

A number of explanations have been offered for the custom of eating pig's face sandwiches on the Sunday nearest Holy Cross Day (September 14) in the Cotswold village of Avening, England. One involves Matilda of Flanders (d. 1083), the wife of William the Conqueror. She built a church there that was completed on September 14, and the Queen is said to have held a boar's head dedication feast. Today there is an evening anniversary service, after which the villagers participate in an 11th-century banquet headed by Queen Matilda and other historic characters in period costume. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: luxury

voluptuary - One totally into luxury and sensual pleasure. More...

deluxe - Once two words, it is French for "of luxury." More...

eadness - Happiness derived from luxury and wealth. More...

luxury - Once a word for "lechery, lasciviousness." More...

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