Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, October 20, 2021)
Word of the Day

jocose

Definition:(adjective) Given to joking; merry.
Synonyms:jesting, jocular, joking
Usage: Larry, who was usually so jocose, said he didn't have time for pranks.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Past Simple Tense

The past simple tense (also called the simple past tense, or simply the past simple) is used to express completed actions. The past simple is often used with what other part of speech? More...
Article of the Day

Les Nabis

Les Nabis began as a rebellious group of students at Rodolphe Julian's private art school in Paris in the late 19th century. Taking their name from the Hebrew word for "prophet," these artists rejected the naturalism of the impressionists and developed a style of decorative art—using boldly juxtaposed but muted colors—that paved the way for the 20th-century abstract movement. They also embraced formats like printmaking and coined their own private language. How did they sign letters? More...
This Day in History

The Anglo-American Convention (1818)

The Anglo-American Convention was a treaty signed in 1818 between the US and UK resolving their standing border issues and allowing for joint rights to the Oregon Country. Though it marked the beginning of improved relations between the two countries, tensions remained over the shared territory in Oregon. The British-chartered Hudson's Bay Company had already established a trading network there and sought to exclude US fur traders. What harsh policy did they implement to ward off competition? More...
Today's Birthday

Arthur Rimbaud (1854)

Rimbaud may have put down his pen when he was just 19 to lead an international vagabond life as a merchant and trader, but in his few years as a poet, the precocious young Frenchman managed to create a literary legacy that would have a lasting influence on the symbolists and subsequent modern poets. He put his verbal virtuosity on display in works like "The Drunken Boat," A Season in Hell, and Illuminations. Who shot and wounded Rimbaud during one of their many lovers' quarrels? More...
Quotation of the Day
It's worth a fellow's while to be born into the world, if only to fall right asleep.

Herman Melville (1819-1891)

Idiom of the Day

curse (someone or something) under (one's) breath

To say threatening, consternated, or disgruntled remarks (toward someone or something) in a very soft or indistinct voice, such that no one else can hear or understand them clearly. More...
Today's Holiday

The Birth of the Bab (2021)

The Birth of the Bab is a holy day in the Baha'i religion to celebrate the birthday in 1819 of Mirza Ali Mohammad in Shiraz, Persia (now Iran). In 1844, Mirza Ali declared himself the Bab (meaning "gate") and foretold the coming of one greater than he. The day, on which work is suspended, is a happy social occasion for Baha'is. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: sunset

occultation - One of its meanings is "the disappearance from view of a star or planet in the sun's rays after sunset or before sunrise, when the star or planet is above the horizon." More...

acronical - Means happening at sunset or twilight. More...

antitwilight - The sky's pink or purple glow after sunset. More...

evening - Its Old English base meant "grow towards night," as evening extends from sunset to dark. More...

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