Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, October 16, 2015)
Word of the Day

salubrious

Definition:(adjective) Conducive or favorable to health or well-being.
Synonyms:healthy, good for you
Usage: She owned a cheerful vegetarian restaurant where she sold protein shakes and other salubrious refreshments.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Verbs and Indirect Objects

Only verbs that express an action being relayed to or done for another person or thing can take indirect objects. What are these verbs called? More...
Article of the Day

Pankration

Pankration, as practiced in the ancient world, combined the techniques of boxing and wrestling in a no holds barred fighting sport. According to Greek mythology, the sport was created by Hercules and Theseus. It was introduced into the Greek Olympic Games in 648 BCE, and a similar form of the sport, called mixed martial arts, is still practiced today. Pankration was not simply a sport; it formed the basis of combat training for Greek soldiers. In what ways did it resemble Asian martial arts? More...
This Day in History

Marie Antoinette Guillotined (1793)

The daughter of Austrian Archduchess Maria Theresa and Holy Roman Emperor Francis I, Marie Antoinette was the queen of France and wife of King Louis XVI. Her devotion to Austria, reputation for extravagance, and connection to scandals made her unpopular and helped to provoke the French Revolution. After the storming of the Tuileries palace, she and Louis were accused of treason. The king was executed, and Marie was tried, found guilty, and guillotined. Did she really say "Let them eat cake"? More...
Today's Birthday

William Orville Douglas (1898)

Douglas, a US Supreme Court justice and author, practiced and taught law early in his career, before becoming a member of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in 1936. As SEC chairman, he engineered the reorganization of US stock exchanges, instituted measures aimed at protecting small investors, and began government regulation of the sale of securities. In 1939, the president appointed him to the Supreme Court. For what controversial act did Congress attempt to impeach Douglas? More...
Quotation of the Day
Give the people a new word and they think they have a new fact.

Willa Cather (1873-1947)

Idiom of the Day

do the right thing

To act or behave correctly, appropriately, or with the best intentions. More...
Today's Holiday

Kawagoe Matsuri (2016)

Only during the Kawagoe Matsuri can festivalgoers view the enormous floats of old Edo (the old name for Tokyo). More than 20 richly decorated parade floats, thought to be reproductions of floats from Tokyo's Kanda-jinja Shrine, are carried through the streets of Kawagoe. In the evening, the floats come together and bump into one another in the center of town. Hyashi bands—which play traditional Japanese music on the flute, drum, shamisen (three-stringed lute) and other instruments—also spar with one another, trying their best to interrupt the others' rhythm. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: rubbish

bilge - Can mean "nonsense, rubbish." More...

culch - Rubbish or refuse, or meat scraps. More...

flathers - A synonym for rubbish or dirt. More...

quisquilious, quisquiliary, quisquilian - Quisquilious and quisquiliary mean "having the nature of refuse or rubbish," and quisquilian means "consisting of trash or rubbish." More...

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