Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, January 4, 2022)
Word of the Day

pedestrian

Definition:(adjective) Lacking in vitality, imagination, or distinction.
Synonyms:prosaic
Usage: His style is so pedestrian that the book is really boring.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Structures of Declarative Sentences

A declarative sentence makes a statement or argument about what is, was, or will be the case. Which of the four of types of sentence structures—simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex sentences—can be made into declarative sentences? More...
Article of the Day

Thomas Paine's The Age of Reason

Social agitator Thomas Paine was an influential political writer whose support of revolution and republican government emboldened the American colonists to declare independence from England. However, his reputation was irreparably harmed by one of his later writings, The Age of Reason. Published in the 1790s, it criticizes organized religion and espouses Paine's deist beliefs. Many people mistook it for an atheist tract and widely ostracized Paine thereafter. To whom was it dedicated? More...
This Day in History

Founding of the Fabian Society (1884)

The Fabian Society was formed in 1884 with the goal of establishing a democratic socialist state in Britain. The society's name derived from Roman commander and statesman Fabius Maximus Cunctator, whose military tactics led to victory over stronger forces. Important early members of the Fabian Society included playwright George Bernard Shaw and sociologist Sidney Webb. In 1906, the group helped organize a separate party that became the Labour Party. Why is the Fabian Society's symbol a tortoise? More...
Today's Birthday

Sir Isaac Pitman (1813)

Shorthand writing systems have existed since ancient times, but the one favored by court stenographers is relatively new, introduced by Pitman in 1837. In his phonetic shorthand method, words are written as they sound—"deal," "may," and "knife" are spelled "del," "ma," and "nif." Adapted to more than 12 languages, it is one of the most used systems in the world. Phonetics became the family business—Pitman's grandson invented the initial teaching alphabet. What is Stenographic Soundhand? More...
Quotation of the Day
There was no use in trying to emancipate a wife who had not the dimmest notion that she was not free.

Edith Wharton (1862-1937)

Idiom of the Day

not your father's

Very modern or updated; no longer what an older generation would expect or be used to. More...
Today's Holiday

Carnival of Blacks and Whites (2022)

The Carnival of Blacks and Whites, held each year in Pasto, Colombia, is one of the oldest Carnival celebrations in South America. The Carnival officially opens on January 4 with a parade commemorating the arrival in Pasto of the Castañeda family, who are presented as a zany group overburdened with luggage, mattresses, and cooking equipment. The following day is the Day of the Blacks. Using special paints and cosmetics, revelers paint themselves and their friends black. Festivities continue on January 6 with the Day of the Whites, in which white paints and cosmetics are used. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: needle

gab - In mechanics, a hook or a notch in a rod or lever that then engages with a pin or needle. More...

in the groove - An allusion to the reproduction of music by a needle on a gramophone record. More...

needle - Has the same Indo-European base as Latin nere, "to spin," and Greek nema, "thread." More...

feed dog - The part of a sewing machine that feeds the material under the needle. More...

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