Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, June 24, 2015)
Word of the Day

histrionics

Definition:(noun) Theatrical arts or performances.
Synonyms:theatrical performance, representation
Usage: They had lunch, then went to the theater to enjoy an hour of histrionics.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Adverbs and Degrees of Strength

Adverbs of degree can be mild, medium, strong, or absolute in how they describe the intensity, degree, or extent of the word they modify. Adverbs that are mild, medium, or strong are known as what? More...
Article of the Day

Horus

In Egyptian religion, Horus was the falcon-headed sky god whose eyes were the Sun and the Moon. One of the most important of the Egyptian deities, he was the son of Osiris, ruler of the underworld, and Isis, the principal goddess. In a famous myth, Horus avenged the murder of his father by defeating Set, the god of evil and darkness. According to the myth, what injury did Horus sustain in the fight? More...
This Day in History

Emperor Trajan Inaugurates the Aqua Traiana (109 CE)

The Aqua Traiana was an aqueduct built under Roman Emperor Trajan in the 2nd century CE. The structure channeled water to Rome from sources around Lake Bracciano, about 25 mi (40 km) northwest of the city. In 1605, Pope Paul V initiated the Aqua Traiana's repair to augment the city's water supply. Renamed the Acqua Paola in the pope's honor, it was completed in 1612 and boasted a lavish fountain with columns of granite and marble. What is meant by the Roman saying "as good as the Acqua Paola"? More...
Today's Birthday

Henry Ward Beecher (1813)

Beecher became one of the most famous and influential American ministers of his time for his advocacy of an emotional "gospel of love" Christianity. Every important issue of the day was discussed from his pulpit and in his lectures. He was a leader in the antislavery movement, a proponent of women's suffrage, and an advocate of the theory of evolution. In 1874, however, he became the subject of a sensational adultery trial for an alleged affair with Elizabeth Tilton. What was the verdict? More...
Quotation of the Day
Sleep is the best cure for waking troubles.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

mixed signal

A signal, message, or communication that has, or is interpreted as having, multiple, ambiguous, or contradictory meanings. (Often plural.) More...
Today's Holiday

Watermelon Thump (2018)

This is a celebration of the watermelon harvest in Luling, Texas. The chief watermelon-related events are watermelon judging, a watermelon auction, watermelon-eating competitions, and watermelon seed-spitting contests leading to a Championship Seed Spit-Off. Among other activities are a parade, a carnival, and the coronation of the Watermelon Thump Queen. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: slant

wine cradle - A basket (etc.) used to hold wine at a slant. More...

slant - A variant of slent, an older word. More...

slash - The slash is also called a virgule, diagonal, separatrix, slant, and solidus. More...

tilt - Originally meant "fall over," from Germanic taltaz, "unsteady," long before it meant "slant." More...

In the News

Skinny Jeans Health Hazard: Woman Loses Feeling in Legs, Collapses in Park

The 35-year-old woman arrived at the hospital in bad shape. As she was walking home through a park, she noticed she was having trouble lifting the front part of her feet. Then she tripped, fell to the ground and collapsed. It was hours before she managed to ... More...
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