Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, August 16, 2016)
Word of the Day

erratum

Definition:(noun) An error in printing or writing, especially such an error noted in a list of corrections and bound into a book.
Synonyms:misprint, typo, literal error
Usage: Subsequent printings of the book contained an index of the errata that had been noted since the first printing.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Acronyms and Initialisms

Acronyms and initialisms are abbreviations of multiple words using just their initial letters. How are they distinguished from each other? More...
Article of the Day

Pub Quiz

Largely a British phenomenon that spread to other nations after peaking in the early 1990s, pub quizzes are popular trivia games that take place in pubs around the world. Though participants often have to pay to play, pubs sometimes host free games in order to increase attendance and revenue on less busy nights. In this team game, players work together to win prizes that often include drinks, cash, or vouchers for pub fare. How are pub owners combating the recent spate of high-tech cheating? More...
This Day in History

The Peterloo Massacre (1819)

On August 16, 1819, 60,000 men, women, and children gathered at St. Peter's Field in Manchester, England, to protest unemployment and high food prices. To disperse the gathering, city officials sent in the untrained volunteer cavalry, which attacked the unarmed crowd with sabers. At least 11 people were killed and hundreds more were wounded. The incident, likened to the Battle of Waterloo, sparked widespread indignation. In 2007, a memorial plaque at the site was changed to include what? More...
Today's Birthday

Dame Mary Gilmore (1865)

Gilmore was a prominent Australian socialist poet and journalist who gained a reputation as a champion of the working class and the oppressed. In the late 1890s, she moved to the New Australia utopian socialist settlement in Paraguay, but she returned to Australia following its failure. In 1908, she became an editor of the Australian Workers' Union newspaper, and she published her first volume of poems two years later. On what denomination of Australian currency does her image and poetry appear? More...
Quotation of the Day
He that hath a satirical vein, as he maketh others afraid of his wit, so he had need be afraid of others' memory.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

pearly whites

A person's set of teeth. More...
Today's Holiday

Dominican Republic Restoration Day (2018)

During the 19th century, the Dominican Republic won its autonomy from Haiti, only to lose it again over a decade later to Spain. The country reclaimed its freedom after winning a two-year-long war with Spain in 1865. Restoration Day commemorates the official beginning of the War of Restoration in 1863. Celebrations take place throughout the island, but the most prominent celebrations are in Santo Domingo and the other main city, Santiago. Customary festivities include parades, street fairs, and performances of the national anthem and other compositions. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: lamp

finial - The decorative knob on the top of a lamp, holding the shade on. More...

pendeloque - A pear-shaped glass (crystal) pendant on a lamp or chandelier. More...

lantern - Traces back to Greek lucerna, "lamp." More...

match - First meant "wick of a candle or lamp" or "spout of a lamp" before it was the item used to light candles and lamps. More...

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