Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, April 14, 2018)
Word of the Day

singsong

Definition:(adjective) Uttered in a monotonous cadence or rhythm as in chanting.
Synonyms:chantlike, intoned
Usage: The art of his reading was supposed to lie in rolling out the words, quite independently of their meaning, in a loud and singsong voice alternating between a despairing wail and a tender murmur.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Reciprocal Pronouns

Reciprocal pronouns are used to refer to two or more people who are or were the subject of the same verb, with all parties receiving the action in the same way. What are the two reciprocal pronouns in English? More...
Article of the Day

Lion-Baiting

Baiting is a blood sport that involves setting game dogs upon an often chained up animal for the purpose of subduing it by incapacitating or killing it. In 1610, during the reign of James I of England, the first recorded lion-baiting event was staged for the amusement of his court. The practice continued in the UK until the early 19th century, when public outrage brought the issue to the attention of parliament. What became of the one dog that survived the 1610 event? More...
This Day in History

Donner Party Sets Out on Ill-Fated Journey from Illinois to California (1846)

The Donner Party was a group of families from Illinois and Iowa that set out for California following a little-used, supposedly shorter, route across Utah. The shortcut only tired and delayed the party, and while recovering at what is now Donner Lake in the Sierra Nevada, the group was trapped by early snow. Many died, several while trying to get help; some reportedly resorted to cannibalism. Rescuers reached the survivors in February 1847. How many of the 87 pioneers survived the ordeal? More...
Today's Birthday

Abraham Ortelius (1527)

Ortelius was a Flemish geographer and cartographer who, while traveling with his contemporary Gerardus Mercator, was inspired to compile the first modern world atlas. The first edition of Theatrum orbis terrarium, issued in 1570, contained 53 maps compiled, in part, from the maps of 87 cartographers. A leading member of the 16th-century Flemish school of geography, Ortelius is thought to have been the first to posit what theory about the positioning of the continents? More...
Quotation of the Day
A man said to the universe: "Sir, I exist!" "However," replied the universe, "That fact has not created in me a sense of obligation."

Stephen Crane (1871-1900)

Idiom of the Day

catch some shuteye

To sleep. More...
Today's Holiday

Lindsborg Messiah Festival (2019)

The first Messiah Festival in Lindsborg, Kansas, was held in 1882 by a group of Swedish immigrants led by Dr. Carl Swensson and his wife Alma. Using the local townspeople, the Swenssons established what is now known as the Bethany Oratorio Society, a group of 400 singers that includes faculty and students from Bethany College and a 50-member symphony orchestra. The annual festival’s program consists primarily of choral works, oratorios, and solo recitals. Lindsborg's Messiah Festival is often referred to as the "Oberammergau of the Plains." More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: ships

nauscopy - The ability to sight land or ships at a distance. More...

spring a leak - First referred to ships, describing the way the timbers sprang out of position and let in water. More...

square meal - May derive from the square platters used for serving meals on ships. More...

longshoremen - When sailors passed goods from the ships to men along the shore, those men came to be called longshoremen. More...

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