Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, February 25, 2020)
Word of the Day

storyteller

Definition:(noun) Someone who tells lies.
Synonyms:fabricator, fibber
Usage: Ms. Jordan is a veteran teacher, so she has no patience for storytellers who try to weasel out of her assignments with fanciful excuses.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Types of Prepositional Idioms

Prepositional idioms combine prepositions with verbs, nouns, or phrases to create idiomatic expressions. What two categories can these expressions be divided into? More...
Article of the Day

Courtly Love

Courtly love was a medieval European philosophy of nobly and chivalrously expressing one’s love for a noblewoman, who was often married to another. This form of adulterous, romantic love arose in part because upper-class marriages at the time were generally arranged for economic or political purposes. Its exact origins are obscure, but its literary origins are traceable to the works of Ovid and the troubadours, whose songs bore Middle Eastern ideas about love. Who else wrote about courtly love? More...
This Day in History

Samuel Colt Issued Patent for His Revolving Gun (1836)

Colt did not invent the revolver, but his design was the first practical, working version of one, and he developed assembly-line techniques that drove down manufacturing costs. Even so, securing funding for his novel production system proved difficult, and his fledgling company struggled and eventually folded. He then turned to work on underwater mines and telegraph lines. In 1847, Colt reestablished his gun manufacturing business after what famous lawman placed an order for 1,000 revolvers? More...
Today's Birthday

Robert Larimore "Bobby" Riggs (1918)

Riggs began playing tennis at the age of 11, won Wimbledon when he was 21, and became one of the top-rated male tennis players of the 1940s. He retired in the early 1950s and was largely forgotten until 1973, when he proclaimed men superior to women in athletics and came out of retirement to challenge two of the top female tennis players in the world. After beating Margaret Court, he played Billie Jean King in one of the most famous tennis events of all time, "The Battle of the Sexes." Who won? More...
Quotation of the Day
Seldom, very seldom, does complete truth belong to any human disclosure; seldom can it happen that something is not a little disguised, or a little mistaken.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Idiom of the Day

make capital out of (something)

To use something to one's advantage or profit. More...
Today's Holiday

Bräuteln (2020)

The Wooing a Bride Ceremony in Sigmaringen, Germany, is part of a Carnival custom that dates back to 1648, during which the lucky bachelor was carried at the head of a colorful procession around the town square. Today the custom continues. On Shrove Tuesday any man who has married in the last year, who has just moved into town with his wife, or who has arrived at the 25th or 50th anniversary of his marriage is invited to be brautelt. Heralds dressed in traditional costumes carry the men around the town pump to the accompaniment of drummers and pipers. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: ruin

confuse - Originally meant "rout" or "bring to ruin." More...

naufrage - An old word for shipwreck or ruin. More...

defeature - The undoing or ruin of something. More...

fordo - "To do away with," "to destroy, ruin." More...

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