Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, October 7, 2021)
Word of the Day

bewitch

Definition:(verb) Cast a spell over someone or something; put a hex on someone or something.
Synonyms:hex, jinx, enchant
Usage: After reading Harry Potter, I spent hours on end trying to bewitch a broomstick to fly.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Dashes

There are two similar but distinct punctuation marks called dashes: the en dash ( – ) and the em dash ( — ). What are en dashes used to indicate? More...
Article of the Day

Pictograms

Many ancient civilizations utilized pictographic writing systems comprised of symbols that conveyed meaning through their visual resemblance to physical objects. Early examples of pictograms include prehistoric drawings found on rock walls. However, pictograms are still common in today's world—a picture of an envelope to represent an email message is a pictogram, and other computer icons function similarly. What are some other common pictograms in modern society? More...
This Day in History

Russian Journalist and Human Rights Activist Murdered (2006)

Anna Politkovskaya was a Russian journalist and human rights activist well known for her opposition to the Russian government's role in the Chechen conflict and her criticism of Russian President Vladimir Putin, notably in her book Putin's Russia. Her controversial work sparked numerous death threats against her, and she was shot to death in an elevator in her apartment building on October 7, 2006. Her murder, which remains unsolved, coincided with what other occasion? More...
Today's Birthday

Rosalba Carriera (1675)

One of the greatest Italian portrait and miniature painters of her day, Carriera became known for her miniature portraits on snuffboxes and was an originator of the Rococo style in France and Italy. By the time she was 30, she had been elected to the Academy of St. Luke in Rome, the Academy of Bologna, and the Florence Academy. As her career progressed, she gained a reputation for her pastel portraits and was even commissioned to create one of King Louis XV. What tragedy befell her late in life? More...
Quotation of the Day
Revolutions are usually accompanied by a considerable effusion of blood, but are accounted worth it—this appraisement being made by beneficiaries whose blood had not the mischance to be shed.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

have more than one string to (one's) bow

To have multiple viable options or alternatives available in the event that the current course of action, circumstance, opportunity, etc., does not work out. More...
Today's Holiday

Okunchi Matsuri (2021)

The Okunchi Festival in Nagasaki dates back to the 17th century, when many Chinese lived in the city and when both Dutch and Chinese traders regularly anchored their ships there. The festival pays tribute to these traders by presenting both a Dutch dance and a Chinese dragon dance, along with street fairs and other entertainment. The Okunchi Festival also features the traditional procession of the mikoshi—the ornate palanquin on which the local deity is believed to descend for a ride as it is carried through the streets. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: token

jetton - A counter or token used as a gambling chip or to operate slot machines. More...

token - Etymologically, something that "shows" you something, from a base meaning "show, sign." More...

indicium - An indication, sign, or token—specifically, the stamp on mail indicating paid postage. More...

signal, sign - Signal is from Latin signalis, "of a sign," from signum, "mark, token"—from which sign is derived. More...

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