Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, June 30, 2018)
Word of the Day

powdery

Definition:(adjective) Consisting of fine particles.
Synonyms:fine-grained, pulverized, small-grained
Usage: He scooped up a handful of dry powdery earth and let it slowly slip through his fingers.
Daily Grammar Lesson

"Long" Adjectives and Degrees of Comparison

"Long" adjectives are adjectives that have three or more syllables, or adjectives that have two syllables and do not end in "-y." We do not change the ending of long adjectives. Instead, we add what words to the adjective? More...
Article of the Day

The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn

Possibly the greatest influence on 20th-century Western occultism, the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn was a magical society founded by Freemasons in the late 1800s. The original order followed the curriculum set forth in the Cipher Manuscripts, blending elements of various esoteric traditions including Christian mysticism, Kabbalah, astrology, and alchemy. Its concepts of magic and ritual were adopted by many other traditions, including Wicca. Who were some of the order's most famous members? More...
This Day in History

Mysterious Beast of Gévaudan Kills Its First Victim (1764)

From 1764 to 1767, the people of Gévaudan, France, reported dozens of sightings of a man-eating, wolf-like creature now known as the Beast of Gévaudan. According to many accounts, the beast—consistently described as having large teeth and an immense tail—killed some 100 people, prompting King Louis XV to send hunters to slay it. Some stories say a local hunter shot the beast, possibly with silver bullets. What mythical creature did some suggest was behind the attacks? More...
Today's Birthday

Florence Ballard (1943)

A founding member of The Supremes, Ballard sang on 16 Top 40 hit singles. She was first recruited by future members of The Temptations for a sister group they were forming. Ballard in turn recruited Mary Wilson, whom she had met at a talent show, and Wilson brought in Diana Ross. Disputes over Ballard's role in the trio led Motown Records to release her from the group in 1967, reportedly for "exhaustion." Her solo career failed, and she died in 1976 at age 32 as a result of what? More...
Quotation of the Day
How long the dawn seems coming when we cannot sleep!

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

Idiom of the Day

money pit

A business, possession, or other financial commitment that requires or consumes an increasingly large amount of money, especially more than was first anticipated. More...
Today's Holiday

Joust of the Saracens (La Giostra del Saracino) (2018)

The most famous of the Italian jousting festivals, La Giostra del Saracino originated during the Crusades (11th-13th centuries), when it was used as propaganda to support the fight to recover the Holy Land from the Muslims. Eight knights representing the four quarters of Arezzo, where the festival takes place, march to the piazza, where an effigy of a Moor or Saracen has been set up. The effigy is armed with a heavy flail, and the knights must try to hit it in the center with their lances without being touched by the flail. The winner is rewarded with a golden lance on behalf of his district. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: leisure

empty - First meant "at leisure, unoccupied," and it could also mean "unmarried." More...

leisure - Based on Latin licere, "be allowed." More...

scholastic - Based on Latin scholasticus, "devote one's leisure to learning." More...

vacation - Coming from Latin vacation/vacatio, from vacare, "to be free, empty; to be at leisure," around 1395, this term entered Old English, meaning "rest and freedom from any activity." More...

In the News

Will we ever colonise an asteroid?

The science-fiction series The Expanse is set 200 years in the future: humans have established colonies on the Moon and Mars, and have begun colonising the asteroid belt. There are compelling reasons why we might wish to colonise the asteroid belt, but ... More...
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