Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, January 12, 2021)
Word of the Day

glutton

Definition:(noun) A person who eats and drinks excessively or voraciously.
Synonyms:gourmand, gorger, gannet, gobbler, pig
Usage: He is a real glutton when it comes to junk food, but somehow he stays skinny as a toothpick.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Domain Adverbs

We use specific viewpoint adverbs to delimit, or specify, what part or aspect of something we are talking about. These adverbs are often called domain adverbs, and are almost limitless. "Officially" is an example of a domain adverb. What are some others? More...
Article of the Day

Embroidery

The art of decorating textiles with needle and thread has unclear origins, but examples of ancient embroidery have been found on the wrappings of Egyptian mummies, meaning it has been around for millennia. While some traditional embroidery techniques are specific to certain cultures, the basic stitches used to make patterns on fabric have remained the same for thousands of years. Embellishments like pearls, shells, and sequins sometimes adorn embroidered pieces. What is whitework embroidery? More...
This Day in History

Hundreds Killed in Hajj Stampede (2006)

About one in four people in the world is Muslim, a demographic that includes more than a billion people. Each Muslim is required to visit Mecca, the Saudi Arabian city of Mohammed's birth, at least once in their lifetime. During the annual pilgrimage, or Hajj, Mecca bears an influx of millions of people. In 2006, during the final day of the requisite Stoning of the Devil ritual, some 350 people were crushed to death in the crowd. What other dangers have pilgrims faced during the Hajj? More...
Today's Birthday

Ferdinand I, King of the Two Sicilies (1751)

Ferdinand became king of Naples in 1759 when his father ascended to the Spanish throne. A weak ruler, he was greatly influenced by his wife, the arguably more capable Maria Carolina of Austria. The execution of her sister, Marie Antoinette of France, induced Ferdinand to fight against the French Revolution. The French then invaded Naples—twice. Ferdinand regained control of Naples and took over Sicily, but his despotism prompted an 1820 insurrection. What secret society influenced the uprising? More...
Quotation of the Day
So, naturalists observe, a flea
Has smaller fleas that on him prey;
And these have smaller still to bite 'em;
And so proceed ad infinitum.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Idiom of the Day

jug-eared

Having ears that stick out markedly from the side of the head, thus resembling the handles of a jug. More...
Today's Holiday

Hostos Day (2021)

Eugenio Maria de Hostos (1839-1903) was a Puerto Rican philosopher and patriot who became a leader of the opposition to Spanish colonial rule in the 19th century. He campaigned for the education of women in Brazil, and his books on law and education triggered reforms in other Latin American countries. He even sponsored the first railroad between Chile and Argentina, across the Andes Mountains. The anniversary of his birth is observed as a public holiday in Puerto Rico on the second Monday in January. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: recall

lethologica - If you cannot recall the precise word for something, you have a case of lethologica, which may lead you to an obsession with trying to recall it—loganamnosis. More...

remember - From Latin rememorari, "recall to mind." More...

reduce, reduct - Reduce first meant "bring back or recall in memory" or "take back or refer (a thing) to its origin," from Latin reducere, "lead back"; reduct means "simplify." More...

tartle - From Scottish, to hesitate in recognizing a person or thing, as happens when you are introduced to someone whose name you cannot recall; so you say, "Pardon my tartle!" More...

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