Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, January 23, 2015)
Word of the Day

mollify

Definition:(verb) To calm in temper or feeling; soothe.
Synonyms:appease, assuage, conciliate, pacify, placate
Usage: She was so outraged that nothing her friends said could mollify her anger.
Daily Grammar Lesson

The Predicate

The predicate is, essentially, everything in the sentences that follows the subject. It is made up of at least one finite verb. What is a compound predicate? More...
Article of the Day

Conscientious Objectors

A conscientious objector is a person who, due to religious or moral principles, refuses to participate in military service. The concept has been present in different forms since the beginning of the Christian era. Political opposition to conscription, such as that maintained by many during the Vietnam War, is usually considered a separate category. What leader—and noted war hero—said that war will exist until "the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige as the warrior"? More...
This Day in History

Elva Zona Heaster Discovered Dead (1897)

Shortly after marrying drifter Erasmus Shue, Heaster was found dead and was soon buried. Her mother, who suspected foul play, claimed to have had a vision in which her daughter's ghost stated that Shue had broken her neck, killing her. When the body was exhumed, an autopsy confirmed that Heaster's neck had been broken, and Shue was tried for murder. What role did the ghost—since known as the Greenbrier Ghost for Heaster's hometown of Greenbrier County, West Virginia—play in the trial? More...
Today's Birthday

Édouard Manet (1832)

One of the foremost French artists of the 19th century, Manet is often regarded as the father of modern painting. Rebelling against the academic tradition, he developed a realist style that was one of the founding forces of Impressionism. Although his talent is recognized today, Manet was often greeted with harsh criticism during his career, including for his paintings Le déjeuner sur l'herbeThe Luncheon on the Grass—and Olympia. Why were the paintings controversial? More...
Quotation of the Day
Age, like woman, requires fit surroundings.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

up to (one's) eyeballs (in something)

Extremely busy (with something); deeply or overly involved (in something); possessing, filled up with, or overwhelmed by an excessive amount (of something). More...
Today's Holiday

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (2015)

In 1908, Reverend Paul Watson proposed a week-long observance dedicated to Christian unity to be scheduled between the feasts of St. Peter's Chair (January 18) and St. Paul (January 25), the two great leaders of the first Christians. The World Council of Churches maintains these dates. Each year, an inter-denominational committee selects a scriptural theme and prepares the outlines of a worship service for each day of the Week of Prayer. Individual congregations are free to use the material as is, or vary it to suit local practices and traditions. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: rustling

soughing - A soft rustling or murmuring sound—like the deep sigh of a sleeping baby. More...

frou-frou - From French for "a rustling." More...

murmur - Comes from the Latin word for "rustling," and can mean "complain, grumble about." More...

psithurism - The sound of wind in the trees and rustling of leaves. More...

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