Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, November 14, 2020)
Word of the Day

lacing

Definition:(noun) The act of inflicting corporal punishment with repeated blows.
Synonyms:whacking, beating, drubbing, licking, thrashing, trouncing
Usage: If my mother ever caught me smoking, I would get the lacing of a lifetime.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Numbered and Lettered Lists

Similar to quotation marks, parentheses are always used in pairs—we cannot have a single parenthesis (the name for one of the brackets on its own) without its match appearing elsewhere nearby. The one exception is when we structure a list in what way? More...
Article of the Day

Ars Amatoria

Written around the time of the birth of Christ, the Ars Amatoria, or Art of Love, is Ovid's handbook for acquiring and keeping a lover. The Roman poet offers practical yet witty advice to both men and women, at times exercising discretion. He often delves into psychology, such as when he suggests making a lover artificially jealous to keep him or her attentive. He advises a young man to gallantly brush any dust from his date's gown. What is his advice if the gown is not dusty? More...
This Day in History

British Broadcasting Company Makes Its First Radio Broadcast (1922)

The original BBC—the British Broadcasting Company—was founded by radio manufacturers eager to provide programs for the radios they were selling. Just two weeks after listeners began purchasing receiving licenses, Arthur Burrows read the first newscast from Marconi House in London. Two more stations—Birmingham and Manchester—went on the air the next day. Within five years, the company was transformed into the British Broadcasting Corporation. What was reported on the second day of broadcasting? More...
Today's Birthday

Robert Fulton (1765)

A man remarkable for his many talents and inventions, Fulton is popularly considered the inventor of the steamboat. Originally a gunsmith and portraitist, he became fascinated by canal engineering while living in Europe. After sinking one prototype steamboat in the Seine River and failing to secure European support, he returned to his native US. There, he launched the first commercially viable steamboat in the Hudson River in 1807. What invention did Napoleon commission from Fulton? More...
Quotation of the Day
A decent boldness ever meets with friends.

Homer (900 BC-800 BC)

Idiom of the Day

be on track

To progress or develop as planned, scheduled, or expected. More...
Today's Holiday

Kali Puja (2020)

In the region of Bengal, many Hindus regularly honor Kali, an earth goddess of fearsome appearance and a symbol of fertility. During the year, believers conduct daily pujas (devotional prayers) to Kali, but one particular new-moon day of the year is set aside for a special Kali Puja. Unlike with other festivals, believers will worship Kali at night. Typically, people gather around elaborate pandals (shrines) to the goddess around 9 p.m. Priests will then lead a ceremony, which may involve prayers and sacrifices of animals such as goats, sheep, or buffaloes. Worship may continue until as late as 1 a.m. or 2 a.m. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: mode

comportment, deportment - Deportment adds the sense of action or activity to a mode of conduct or behavior; comportment, "behavior or bearing," does not have this. More...

dictionary - Based on Latin dictio(n-), "mode of expression" or "word," then dictionarius, "a repertory of words or phrases." More...

diet - Comes from Greek diaita, "a way of life, mode of living." More...

mode - Originally a tune or air and later a scheme of sounds. More...

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