Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, January 6, 2015)
Word of the Day

incendiary

Definition:(adjective) Arousing to action or rebellion.
Synonyms:inflammatory, incitive, instigative, rabble-rousing, seditious
Usage: The incendiary remarks in the pamphlet spurred the villagers to revolt.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Absolute Phrases

An absolute phrase (also known as an absolute construction) is a grammatically independent group of words that serves to modify an entire sentence. Because an absolute phrase is not an integral part of the sentence, how is it always set apart? More...
Article of the Day

The Shetland Pony

Although the Shetland is one of the smallest breeds of horse, measuring no more than 46 inches (117 cm) high, it is extremely hardy and needs little care, having adapted to the harsh climate and scarcity of food in Scotland's Shetland Islands. Shetland ponies were thus used as pack horses and worked in England's coal mines in the 19th century. These diminutive horses are also known for their gentle disposition and are a favorite mount for children. Shetland ponies can live to be how old? More...
This Day in History

Samuel Morse Successfully Tests the Electrical Telegraph (1838)

In 1832, Morse, an American painter-turned-inventor, began working on a system for transmitting messages as electrical pulses across a wire. Five years later, he was granted a patent for his electromagnetic telegraph, and he successfully tested the device a year after that. Public use of Morse's telegraph system, as well as the code he developed to represent letters and numbers as electrical pulses, began in 1844 and lasted over 100 years. What was the first message sent on the public system? More...
Today's Birthday

Richard II of England (1367)

Richard II was perhaps the most enigmatic of the English kings, reigning from 1377 to 1399. He inherited the throne as a boy, but his uncle John of Gaunt and other nobles dominated the government, limiting his power. Taking revenge, he banished John's son, Henry, and confiscated his vast Lancastrian estates. Not long after, while Richard was away on an expedition, Henry returned and seized power. Forced to abdicate, Richard was imprisoned and died in captivity. What likely caused his death? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is better not to live at all than to live disgraced.

Sophocles (496 BC-406 BC)

Idiom of the Day

good job

An informal expression of praise for having done something well. (It can also be used sarcastically to mean the opposite.) More...
Today's Holiday

Maroon Festival (2016)

When Jamaica was a Spanish territory in the 16th century, African slaves were brought in to work the plantations. The Spanish eventually left, and the former slaves fled to the mountains. During the 17th and 18th centuries, the island's British inhabitants were often attacked by descendants of these fugitive slaves, who were called Maroons. The annual Maroon Festival on January 6 commemorates the peace treaty with the English and establishment of the town of Accompong. It is celebrated with traditional dancing and singing, feasts and ceremonies, and the blowing of the abeng. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: wandering

evagation - Means mental wandering or digression, also a digression in speech or writing. More...

mundivagant - Means "wandering around the world." More...

vagation - The action of wandering, straying, or departing from the proper or regular course. More...

wanderjahr - Literally German for "wander year," it refers to a year of wandering or travel. More...

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