Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, March 16, 2021)
Word of the Day

urbane

Definition:(adjective) Showing a high degree of refinement and the assurance that comes from wide social experience.
Synonyms:svelte, polished, refined
Usage: In his mind, he was suave and urbane, but in real life, he was just the opposite.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining the Imperfective Aspect

As there is no separate verb form in English for the imperfective aspect, it is expressed through different grammatical structures, which change depending on what we are saying about the temporal structure of the action. We sometimes classify these structures as what two subclasses of the imperfective? More...
Article of the Day

Colchis

Colchis was an ancient country situated on the eastern shore of the Black Sea in what is now the Republic of Georgia. In Greek legend, it was the home of Medea and the destination of Jason and the Argonauts. Though Greek trading posts were established there with the support of the native Colchians—whose ethnic composition is unclear—the land remained independent for hundreds of years. It was situated just outside of Alexander the Great's control. Who finally conquered Colchis in 100 BCE? More...
This Day in History

Samoset Walks into Plymouth Colony, Greets Pilgrims in English (1621)

Half of the English pilgrims from the Mayflower perished during their first winter in the New World, and as the survivors struggled to build their settlement at Plymouth, they had several tense encounters with Native Americans. That spring, a Native American named Samoset unexpectedly walked into their settlement and greeted them in English. Within days, he had introduced them to their neighbors. As it happened, Samoset was merely visiting the area. Where had he learned English? More...
Today's Birthday

Rosa Bonheur (1822)

One of the most famous female painters of the 19th century, Bonheur was trained by her father—an art teacher—and began regularly exhibiting her work at the Paris Salon in 1841. Her unsentimental paintings of animals became very popular, particularly in England and the US, and her most famous painting, The Horse Fair, gained her an international reputation. Who gave her formal permission to dress as a man so that she could study horses at the actual Horse Fair in Paris? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is nothing so strange and so unbelievable that it has not been said by one philosopher or another.

Rene Descartes (1596-1650)

Idiom of the Day

lemon law

A law requiring an automobile manufacturer or dealer to replace, repair, or refund the cost of an automobile that proves to be defective after purchase. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Urho's Day (2021)

St. Urho, whose name in Finnish means "hero," is credited with banishing a plague of grasshoppers that was threatening Finland's grape arbors. His legend in the United States was popularized in the 1950s; after being celebrated as a "joke holiday" for several years in the Menahga-Sebeka area, the idea spread to other states with large Finnish populations. The actual celebrations include wearing St. Urho's official colors—Nile Green and Royal Purple—drinking grape juice, and chanting St. Urho's famous words, "Grasshopper, grasshopper, go away," in Finnish. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: loosen

laxative - Can mean "having the power of relaxing" (from Latin laxare, "loosen"). More...

loess - Loam composed of matter transported by wind, from German losz, "loosen." More...

resolution - From Latin resolutio-/resolution, from resolvere, meaning "to loosen or dissolve again," which was the original meaning. More...

solve - First meant "loosen"—from Latin solvere, "free, unfasten." More...

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