Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, January 7, 2015)
Word of the Day

fissure

Definition:(noun) A long narrow opening.
Synonyms:crevice, crack, cleft
Usage: In a narrow little fissure, just within reach of my forefinger, I felt the chain.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Subjunctive Mood

The subjunctive mood refers to verbs that are used to describe hypothetical or non-real actions, events, or situations. What is the subjective mood most commonly used to express? More...
Article of the Day

Millefiori

Millefiori is a glassmaking technique in which a bundle of colored glass rods is heated, fused, drawn out thinly, and then cut to create flower patterns. Millefiori is of ancient origin and was used in Anglo-Saxon jewelry and decoration. The process was revived in 16th-century Venice, and then again in 19th-century France and Britain, where it was used for objects like paperweights. It was during this period that the technique was given its name, which combines two Italian words that mean what? More...
This Day in History

Boris Godunov Becomes Czar of Russia (1598)

A favorite of Ivan the Terrible, Godunov helped organize Ivan's administrative system. After Ivan's death, Boris became virtual ruler of Russia, ostensibly as regent for Ivan's son Feodor I, who was married to Boris's sister. Boris was widely believed to have ordered the murder of Feodor's younger brother and heir, Dmitri, to secure succession for himself. Upon Feodor's death, a ruling class assembly chose Boris as czar. The end of his reign ushered in the Time of Troubles, which was what? More...
Today's Birthday

Saint Marie-Bernarde Soubirous (1844)

Soubirous was a French peasant girl who claimed to see the Virgin Mary in apparitions at a grotto near Lourdes, her home, in 1858. The authorities, skeptical of her visions, subjected her to severe examinations. After years of scrutiny, she was allowed to enter the convent of Notre-Dame de Nevers, where she remained in seclusion until her death at 35. The grotto at Lourdes is now a pilgrimage site, and its waters are reputed to have healing powers. How many pilgrims visit Lourdes each year? More...
Quotation of the Day
Great men need to be lifted upon the shoulders of the whole world, in order to conceive their great ideas or perform their great deeds. That is, there must be an atmosphere of greatness round about them. A hero cannot be a hero unless in a heroic world.

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)

Idiom of the Day

throw (some) shapes

slang To dance, especially to popular music. Primarily heard in UK. More...
Today's Holiday

Distaff Day (2018)

After the 12-day Christmas celebration ended on Epiphany, St. Distaff's Day was traditionally the day on which women resumed their chores, symbolized by the distaff, a tool used in spinning flax or wool. It was also called Rock Day—"rock" being another name for the distaff. The "spear side" and the "distaff side" were legal terms used to distinguish the inheritance of male from that of female children, and the distaff eventually became a synonym for the female sex as a whole. Distaff Day was not really a church festival, but it was widely observed at one time in England. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: leftovers

pick-up, pick-up dinner - A pick-up or pick-up dinner is one made up of leftovers. More...

ort, orts - An ort is a morsel or remaining scrap; orts is another name for leftovers. More...

leftover, relic, relief - Before leftovers were called leftovers, they were called relics, and, before that, relief. More...

gallimaufry - A medley or confused jumble, especially a dish made of leftovers, from French gallimaufry, "ragout, hash." More...

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