Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, June 8, 2016)
Word of the Day

threnody

Definition:(noun) A poem or song of mourning or lamentation.
Synonyms:coronach, dirge, requiem, lament
Usage: He had made all the plans for his funeral, choosing and purchasing a casket and even selecting the threnody he wanted played.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Mitigators

Mitigators, a subset of adverbs of degree, are adverbs or adverbials that modify adjectives and adverbs to reduce their intensity, making them seem less extreme or powerful. "Slightly" is an example of a mitigator. What are some others? More...
Article of the Day

The Praetorian Guard

Initially used for the protection of Roman generals, the Praetorian Guard became the emperor's personal guard during the rule of Augustus, first leader of the Roman Empire. Upon his death in 14 CE, however, the Guard began to use its military strength to enforce its own political agenda. Soon, it moved into Rome, where it assassinated emperors, bullied its own prefects, and fought vicious street battles against Roman citizens. Which emperor finally succeeded in fully disbanding the Guard? More...
This Day in History

Cult of the Supreme Being Inaugurated in France with National Festival (1794)

During the Reign of Terror, leading French revolutionary Maximilien Robespierre devised the Cult of the Supreme Being as the official state religion in an attempt to counter the atheistic Cult of Reason. The deist religion, which avowed patriotism and the immortality of the soul, was celebrated with a huge festival in Paris in 1794. However, other revolutionaries soon sought to end Robespierre's growing power, and he was guillotined less than two months later. What became of the religion? More...
Today's Birthday

Suharto (1921)

Suharto was a relatively unknown army chief in 1965, when he crushed an alleged coup with a ruthless purge of communists and leftists throughout Indonesia that left as many as 1,000,000 dead. In 1967, he replaced the deposed Sukarno as president. He oversaw a return to economic stability and led the violent 1975 invasion of East Timor, which Indonesia soon annexed. Greatly unpopular after the economic unrest of the 1990s, Suharto resigned in 1998. Why was he placed under house arrest in 2000? More...
Quotation of the Day
I would rather be a freeman among slaves than a slave among freemen.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Idiom of the Day

caught on the hop

Caught unawares or in a state of unpreparedness. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Medardus's Day (2018)

St. Médardus, or Médard, who lived from about 470 to 560, was the bishop of Vermandois, Noyon, and Tournai in France. Because he was the patron saint of farmers and good weather, he has come to play a role in weather lore similar to that of the English St. Swithin. In Belgium he is known as the rain saint, and there is an old folk rhyme that says, "If it rains on St. Médard's Day, it will rain for 40 days." More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: teacher

fescue - A pointer, such as that used by a teacher, having originally meant "a straw or twig." More...

docent, docible, docile - Docent comes from Latin docere, "to teach"; docible is "capable of learning" and docile first meant "teachable." More...

Socratic method - A teaching technique in which a teacher does not give information directly but instead asks a series of questions, with the result that the student comes either to the desired knowledge by answering the questions or to a deeper awareness of the limits of knowledge. More...

tuition - First meant taking care of something, then teaching or instruction, especially for a fee. More...

In the News

Anxiety Is Twice as Common in Women as Men, Study Finds

Like depression, anxiety affects many more people than you'd think by looking around – hundreds of millions, globally – and it affects people of all socioeconomic classes, geographic locations and ages. A new study in the journal Brain and Behavior ... More...
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