Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, February 7, 2020)
Word of the Day

foment

Definition:(verb) Try to stir up public opinion.
Synonyms:agitate, stir up
Usage: They accused him of trying to foment a revolution and threw him in jail for treason.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Function of Reciprocal Pronouns

Reciprocal pronouns are used to refer to two or more people who are or were the subject of the same verb, with both or all parties mutually receiving or benefiting from that action in the same way. How do reciprocal pronouns always function in a sentence? More...
Article of the Day

Vestal Virgins

The Vestal Virgins were a revered and privileged group of Roman priestesses. They maintained the sacred fire of Vesta, the goddess of the hearth, collected water from a sacred spring, and cared for sacred objects in the temple's sanctuary. The six priestesses were selected as children for 30 years of service, during which time they had to remain virgins. Their well-being and chastity were considered essential to the security of Rome. What was done to a Vestal who broke her vow of chastity? More...
This Day in History

Émile Zola Is Put on Trial for Publishing "J'Accuse" (1898)

A Jewish officer in the French army, Alfred Dreyfus was falsely convicted of treason in 1894. When officers discovered that the evidence against Dreyfus was false—and that he was most likely a victim of anti-Semitism—they covered it up. Writer Émile Zola exposed the scandal by publishing in a newspaper an open letter titled "J'accuse." Zola was tried and convicted of criminal libel but fled the country, which was divided by the scandal. What happened to Dreyfus and Zola? More...
Today's Birthday

Laura Elizabeth Ingalls Wilder (1867)

Wilder was the American author of a classic series of children's books based on her childhood. Born in Wisconsin after the Civil War, she traveled with her pioneer family throughout the Midwest by covered wagon for years before settling in the Dakota Territory. As a farmer and mother she struggled for years. Her first novel, Little House in the Big Woods was not published until 1932, when she was 65. How many of her books, which spawned a popular TV show, were published after her death? More...
Quotation of the Day
Friendless, adj.: Having no favors to bestow. Destitute of fortune. Addicted to utterance of truth and common sense.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

grand poobah

The most important or powerful person in a group, organization, business, or movement (e.g., the boss, leader, etc.). More...
Today's Holiday

Grenada Independence Day (2020)

This is a national holiday commemorating Grenada's independence from Britain on this day in 1974. Britain had held the island since the 18th century, when France ceded it under the Treaty of Paris. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: plastic

aglet - The plastic or metal covering on the end of a shoelace (formerly called the point) that makes it easier to thread through the eyelet holes. More...

plastic - From Greek plastos, "to form, mold." More...

plastic surgery - Dates to 1837; "plastic" is used in the sense of "molding, shaping." More...

velo binding - A type of document fastener using a narrow strip of plastic on the front and back and attached with thin plastic pegs through the pages; also called velobind. More...

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