Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, September 23, 2017)
Word of the Day

arbiter

Definition:(noun) One chosen or appointed to judge or decide a disputed issue.
Synonyms:arbitrator, umpire
Usage: In peace, from their want of confidence in each other, they will entrust the guardianship of the state to mercenaries and their general, who will be an arbiter between them.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Identifying Auxiliary Verbs

Auxiliary verbs are verbs that add functional meaning to other "main" verbs in a clause. Auxiliary verbs can be identified by two main criteria. What are they? More...
Article of the Day

Namaste

One of the few Sanskrit words commonly recognized by non-Hindi speakers, namaste is an Indian gesture, greeting, and parting phrase. Derived from a Sanskrit phrase literally meaning "I bow to you," namaste is universally accepted in India and Nepal by Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, and Christians. When said to another person, it is commonly accompanied by a slight bow made with the hands held together in front of the chest. What is indicated by placing one's hands entirely above the head? More...
This Day in History

Concordat of Worms (1122)

The Concordat of Worms was an agreement reached by Pope Calixtus II and Holy Roman Emperor Henry V that put an end to the first phase of the power struggle between Rome and what was becoming the Holy Roman Empire. Under its terms, the king was recognized as having the right to invest bishops "by the lance" but not "by ring and staff," meaning he could grant them secular but not sacred authority. What message about the divine right of kings did the concordat convey? More...
Today's Birthday

Mickey Rooney (1920)

Rooney is an American actor who began his career when he was just 17 months old, as part of his family's vaudeville act, and made his film debut at 6. He went on to star in 50 RKO short comedies, and his diminutive size allowed him to play boys until he was nearly 30. From 1937, he played the cocky, energetic Andy Hardy in a series of popular films, often teamed with Judy Garland. In 1983, he received an honorary Academy Award for lifetime achievement. What now-famous TV role did he turn down? More...
Quotation of the Day
Pyrrhus, when his friends congratulated to him his victory over the Romans under Fabricius, but with great slaughter of his own side, said to them again, "Yes; but if we have such another victory, we are undone."

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

control freak

Someone who has an obsessive or compulsive need to control every aspect of a situation and/or the ways in which others act. More...
Today's Holiday

Candy Dance Arts and Crafts Faire (2017)

In 1919, the Candy Dance began in the town of Genoa, in northern Nevada, as a way to raise funds to install street lights. This soon became a popular event, attracting dancers from Reno and Carson City to join the fun. More than two tons of candy are now consumed during the dance weekend. In the 1970s, an arts and crafts fair was added to the two-day event. Activities for children include candle-making, face-painting, and tattoos. The Candy Dance Arts and Crafts Faire, as it is now officially known, provides a substantial part of Genoa's annual operating budget. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: spends

cabbage pounder - An inept golfer who spends a lot of time in the rough. More...

carpet knight - A knight who spends his time in luxury and idleness—knighted on the carpet at court rather than on the field of battle. More...

mouse potato - A person who spends too much time on the computer, patterned on couch potato. More...

spendthrift - One who spends the "thrift" or earnings/wealth of another. More...

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