Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, October 28, 2020)
Word of the Day

bedraggled

Definition:(adjective) In deplorable condition.
Synonyms:broken-down, dilapidated, ramshackle, tatterdemalion, derelict
Usage: It was a tall, shabby building, that cannot have been painted for years, and it had so bedraggled an air that the houses on each side of it looked neat and clean.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Demonstrative Pronoun Usage

Demonstrative pronouns always represent nouns, typically things, places, events, ideas, and animals. In certain cases, however, some of these pronouns may also be used to describe what? More...
Article of the Day

Johann Reichhart

Born into a family of professional executioners, Reichhart executed about 3,000 people in Germany during his career, which began in 1924. Most of the people he dispatched were convicted of political crimes under the Nazi regime. He was later employed to help execute Nazi war criminals by hanging. Said to have been a lonely man who sought to execute the condemned as quickly as possible to shorten their suffering, he reportedly preferred what method of execution? More...
This Day in History

Harvard College Is Founded (1636)

Founded with a grant from the General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Harvard College was named for its first benefactor, John Harvard. He bequeathed his books and about £780 to the fledgling college. The oldest and one of the most prestigious institutions of higher education in the US, Harvard originally trained Puritan ministers. Today, it has the largest university endowment in the US, estimated at more than $25 billion in 2009. Why did Harvard athletes first adopt the color red? More...
Today's Birthday

Evelyn Waugh (1903)

Waugh was an English novelist who is widely considered the greatest satirist of his generation. His novels, characterized by sardonic wit, technical brilliance, and his devoted Catholicism, include A Handful of Dust and Brideshead Revisited. Waugh also wrote amusing travel books. After service in World War II, he led a retired life, and his writing grew increasingly misanthropic. In 1925, Waugh's suicide attempt was thwarted when he was coincidentally attacked by what animal? More...
Quotation of the Day
One quality may be the contrary of another; thus justice is the contrary of injustice, whiteness of blackness, and so on.

Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC)

Idiom of the Day

in the hope that

With the expectation, intention, or desire that (something will happen). More...
Today's Holiday

St. Jude's Day (2020)

Because St. Jude is believed to have been martyred with St. Simon in Persia, where they had gone to preach Christianity, their feast is celebrated jointly on October 28, thought to be the date on which their relics were moved to old St. Peter's basilica. Since St. Jude is the patron saint of hopeless causes, the saint day is observed particularly by students. St. Jude and St. Joseph traditionally are the most important saints to Roman Catholics in Buffalo, New York, where people buy St. Jude medals to help them win over impossible odds or achieve the unachievable. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: open space

laund - An open space in the woods, like a glade or pasture. More...

step-thru - Refers to having an open space in an otherwise solid object through which a person can step or walk, e.g. a motor-scooter has a step-thru frame. More...

agoraphobia - Based on Greek agora, "open space," it was not the first phobia described, which was actually hydrophobia in the mid-16th century. More...

concourse - An open space for people to move about in an airport terminal (or a set of gates) or other transport station. More...

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