Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, February 13, 2020)
Word of the Day

unnameable

Definition:(adjective) Too sacred to be uttered.
Synonyms:ineffable, unspeakable, unutterable
Usage: The deliberate enunciation of the ancient, unnameable runes shocked the holy men devoted to guarding the idol.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using En Dashes to Indicate a Range of Values

The most common use of the en dash is to connect two numbers, dates, or times to indicate a range that spans these figures. When it is used in this way, we can think of the en dash as representing what words? More...
Article of the Day

The Uraeus

The uraeus is the stylized upright form of an Egyptian spitting cobra that often adorned the headdresses of the pharaohs as a symbol of divine authority. It represented one of the earliest Egyptian deities, Wadjet, and was believed to protect the pharaohs by spitting her fire at their enemies. According to myth, Isis made the first uraeus from the dust of the earth and the spittle of the sun god. Upon the unification of Egypt, the uraeus was joined with what other symbol? More...
This Day in History

The Massacre of Glencoe (1692)

Following the deposition of King James II in 1689 and the accession of William III, some Scottish clans fought—and failed—to restore James to the throne. In 1691, William offered to pardon all Highland clans that took an oath of allegiance to him before January 1, 1692. The MacDonald clan of Glencoe missed the deadline by six days, and for this they paid with their lives. The unsuspecting MacDonalds were massacred in their homes by soldiers that had arrived seeking shelter how many days earlier? More...
Today's Birthday

Mary "the Rich" of Burgundy (1457)

The only surviving child of Charles the Bold, duke of Burgundy, Mary inherited the vast Burgundian domains in France and the Low Countries upon her father's death in 1477. Louis XI of France immediately annexed some of these and, hoping to gain possession of the rest, proposed that she wed his son Charles. She instead married Maximilian of Austria, establishing the Hapsburgs in the Low Countries and initiating the long rivalry between France and Austria. What Great Privilege did she grant? More...
Quotation of the Day
I realized that ritual will always mean throwing away something; destroying our corn or wine upon the altar of our gods.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

pull a face (at someone)

To make a grimacing or humorously distorted facial expression (at someone). More...
Today's Holiday

Parentalia (2022)

This was an ancient Roman festival held in honor of the manes, or souls of the dead—in particular, deceased relatives. It began a season for remembering the dead, which ended with the Feralia on February 21. This week was a quiet, serious occasion, without the rowdiness that characterized other Roman festivals. Everything, including the temples, closed down, and people decorated graves with flowers and left food—sometimes elaborate banquets—in the cemeteries in the belief that it would be eaten by the spirits of the deceased. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: mashed potatoes

champit tatties - Scottish for mashed potatoes. More...

mashed potato, creamed potato, whipped potato - Creamed potato and whipped potato are synonyms for mashed potato. More...

mashed potatoes - Used to be called Dutch potatoes or German potatoes. More...

potato bread - A type of bread made with mashed potatoes. More...

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