Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, April 30, 2017)
Word of the Day

nosegay

Definition:(noun) A small bunch of flowers.
Synonyms:bouquet, corsage, posy
Usage: The wedding was informal and intimate, with the bride wearing a simple white dress and holding a nosegay of daisies.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Conjunctive Adverbs of Purpose

Adverbs of purpose tell us why something happens or is the case. We often use conjunctive adverbs to indicate a relationship of reason or purpose between two independent clauses. What are some common conjunctive adverbs of purpose? More...
Article of the Day

Forget-Me-Nots

Though they belong to a genus with roughly 50 species, most forget-me-nots are small, flat, five-petalled blue flowers with straggly stems. According to legend, the flowers received their name when a medieval knight, picking a posy for his lady by a riverside, fell into the water and drowned under the weight of his armor. As he was drowning, he threw the bouquet to his lover and shouted, "Forget me not!" Christian tradition, however, attributes the flower's name to what event? More...
This Day in History

Brightest Supernova in Recorded History Appears in Night Sky (1006)

One thousand seven years ago, observers in China, Egypt, Iraq, Japan, and Switzerland recorded a new object in the sky. It was hard to miss. Scientists now believe SN 1006 was the brightest supernova in recorded human history. It was described by ancient astronomers as being low on the horizon but shining about half or a quarter as bright as the Moon. It could sometimes be seen during daylight hours and may have been bright enough to read by at night. How far was it from Earth? More...
Today's Birthday

Mary II of England (1662)

Despite the conversion of her father, King James II, to Roman Catholicism, Mary was raised Protestant, a fact that would become important in her later life. In 1688, English nobles opposed to James's pro-Catholic policies overthrew him and selected Mary and her husband, William of Orange, to rule in his place. Mary enjoyed great popularity as co-ruler of England, but her personal life was full of hardship. What were some of the major sources of unhappiness in her life? More...
Quotation of the Day
Can there be hope where fear is?

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

a game of musical chairs

A situation in which people or things are moved, shuffled, or rearranged from one position to another. More...
Today's Holiday

Minehead Hobby Horse Parade (2018)

In England and Wales, hobby horses have been a part of celebrations welcoming spring as far back as anyone can remember. In the waterfront town of Minehead, Somerset, the "sailors' horse" has a boat-shaped frame 7-10 feet long, which is carried on the shoulders of a man whose body is concealed by a canvas curtain that hangs to the ground. His head is covered by a painted tin mask and a tall dunce cap, and hundreds of rainbow-colored ribbons stream from the top of the horse. The horse sets out on May Day Eve, ending up at Whitecross (a crossroads to the west of town) on May Day morning. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: rent

rentier - A person who makes income from rent. More...

disposable income, discretionary income - Disposable income is money you have left after paying taxes; discretionary income is money left over after paying for rent, food, utilities, and life's other necessities. More...

farm - Comes from medieval Latin firma, "fixed annual payment or rent." More...

ablocate - To rent or rent out. More...

In the News

The Gym Class Where Nodding Off Is the New Working Out

What if you could go to the gym and swap spinning for sleeping? David Lloyd health clubs are offering "napercise" classes this weekend aimed, predominantly, at exhausted parents. It is a class where instead of working up a sweat you climb into a ... More...
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