Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, December 27, 2017)
Word of the Day

cipher

Definition:(noun) A person of no influence.
Synonyms:nobody, nonentity
Usage: He was a cipher in the estimation of the public, and nobody attached any importance to what he thought or did.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Action Verbs

There are many different categories of verbs that describe different kinds of actions or states of being. Action verbs describe an active process that results in an effect. What are these verbs also known as? More...
Article of the Day

Cities of Refuge

Cities of refuge were towns in the ancient Kingdoms of Israel and Judah in which the perpetrators of manslaughter could claim the right of asylum. Outside of these cities, blood vengeance against such perpetrators was allowed by law. According to some regulations, perpetrators who had claimed asylum were to be taken from the city and put on trial; if found innocent, they were to be returned safely to the city of refuge, which they could ultimately leave without fear of harm when what happened? More...
This Day in History

The Hagia Sophia Is Completed (537 CE)

Distinguished by its size and rising succession of domes, the Hagia Sophia is the supreme masterpiece of Byzantine architecture. First a church, later a mosque, and now a museum, it was designed under Justinian I by Anthemius of Tralles and Isidorus of Miletus and completed in less than six years. Its combination of a longitudinal basilica with a main building was wholly original in the sixth century, as was its use of pendentives. The Hagia Sophia stands on the site of what earlier structure? More...
Today's Birthday

Marlene Dietrich (1901)

Dietrich was a German actress and singer. Abandoning an early ambition to be a violinist, she turned to acting and gained international attention as a femme fatale in The Blue Angel (1930). She then moved to Hollywood, where she starred in a series of films that established her glamorous and sophisticated persona. Resisting Nazi pressure to return to Germany, she became a US citizen in 1939. During WWII, she regularly entertained Allied troops, appearing before them how many times? More...
Quotation of the Day
If there is one thing worse that the modern weakening of major morals, it is the modern strengthening of minor morals. Thus it is considered more withering to accuse a man of bad taste than of bad ethics.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

go at (something)

To engage in or undertake something with great energy, enthusiasm, or vigor. More...
Today's Holiday

Dian Fossey Day (2019)

American conservationist Dian Fossey (1932-1985) conducted groundbreaking research on Rwanda's mountain gorillas, a species long victimized by wide-scale poaching, and helped ensure their preservation. Fossey was murdered in her cabin at a research center in the Virunga Mountains on December 27, 1985. Ceremonies for the anniversary of her death take place in Volcanoes National Park, which contains a permanent memorial to the zoologist. Individuals typically perform traditional dances, while government officials deliver speeches and lay wreaths on her grave site. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: select

elegant - Comes from Latin eligere, "select." More...

eximious - Means "choice, excellent, select," or "distinguished." More...

garble - Originally meant "to sort out" or "to select in a biased way," and was applied to the selection and sorting out of individual passages from a person's writings or any separation of the good from the bad, of a selection of the worst and setting aside the better; it evolved to mean "to jumble, scramble." More...

select - From Latin legere, "choose," with the prefix se-, "apart." More...

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