Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, October 6, 2017)
Word of the Day

bridle

Definition:(noun) The act of restraining power or action or limiting excess.
Synonyms:check, curb
Usage: His common sense is a bridle to his quick temper.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Proper Adjectives

Proper adjectives, like all adjectives, modify nouns, but they are different from other adjectives because they are actually formed from proper nouns. Why are proper adjectives typically used? More...
Article of the Day

The Crystal Palace Exhibition

Also known as the Great Exhibition, the Crystal Palace Exhibition was an international fair held in Hyde Park, London, in 1851. The first in a series of popular 19th-century World's Fairs, the event was organized as a celebration of modern industrial technology and design and drew six million people. An architecturally adventurous and massive glass building, dubbed the Crystal Palace, was designed to house the show. How much did admission cost? More...
This Day in History

Cubana Flight 455 Bombed (1976)

The bombing of Cubana Flight 455 killed all 78 people on board, including several Cuban government officials. At that time, it constituted the most deadly act of airline terrorism ever carried out in the Western Hemisphere. An investigation uncovered evidence implicating anti-Castro Cuban exiles and members of the Venezuelan secret police in the plot. Four men were arrested: two received 20-year prison terms, one was acquitted, and another fled. How were the CIA and FBI linked to the attack? More...
Today's Birthday

Louis-Philippe of France (1773)

Louis-Philippe was the last king to rule France, reigning from 1830 to 1848. A nobleman who joined the liberal opposition to kings Louis XVIII and Charles X, he was made lieutenant general of the realm during the July Revolution of 1830 and then king. At first, he was much loved and called the "Citizen King," but his increasingly autocratic rule as well as economic woes diminished his popularity. Faced with impending civil war, he abdicated and fled to England. How did he get there? More...
Quotation of the Day
Irreverence is the champion of liberty and its only sure defense.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

cock in the henhouse

The only male in an all-female environment. More...
Today's Holiday

Ivy Day (2017)

October 6 is the anniversary of the death of Charles Stewart Parnell (1846-1891), the famous Irish statesman and leader of the Home Rule Party. He is a symbol of Irish pride and independence, and his name appears frequently in Irish literature, particularly the poetry of William Butler Yeats and the short story in James Joyce's Dubliners called "Ivy Day in the Committee Room." It is somewhat ironic that the sprig of green ivy traditionally worn on this day—chosen by Parnell himself as an emblem—is a color he apparently intensely disliked. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: rhyme

assonance - The condition of the words of a phrase or verse having the same sound or termination without rhyming. More...

blank verse - A verse without rhyme. More...

rhyme - From Latin rhythmus, "rhythm," from Greek rhein, "to flow." More...

rhyme or reason - A phrase derived from French ni rime ni raison. More...

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