Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, March 17, 2019)
Word of the Day

frivolity

Definition:(noun) Something of little value or significance.
Synonyms:frippery, bagatelle, fluff
Usage: There is a serious message beneath this frivolity.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Clauses

Clauses are groups of words that contain both a subject and a predicate. There are two main types of clauses: independent clauses and dependent clauses. What is another name for a dependent clause? More...
Article of the Day

The Umbrella

In ancient times, small canopies were used to protect against the sun and denote rank in places like China and Egypt. In ancient Greece and, later, in Rome, the parasol came to be seen as an indispensable part of a fashionable lady's garb. The umbrella all but disappeared in Europe during the Middle Ages and did not reemerge until the late 16th century, when it was introduced as the parapluie—French for "against the rain." Slang terms for umbrella include brolly, gamp, and what else? More...
This Day in History

Veder Snaps Pulitzer Prize-Winning Burst of Joy (1973)

Taken at the end of the Vietnam War, Slava "Sal" Veder's Burst of Joy became a symbol of the widespread sentiment in America that the horrors of war were over and military families could begin the healing process. The photo captures the return home of Lt. Col. Robert Stirm, who had been shot down over North Vietnam and held as a prisoner of war for over five years. It shows his children running to greet him on the tarmac, his daughter with open arms. Why was the reunion bittersweet? More...
Today's Birthday

Robert Tyre "Bobby" Jones, Jr. (1902)

A practicing attorney, Jones was only an amateur golfer, yet in 1930 he became the only man to win four major golf championships in a single year and the only sports figure to be honored with two New York City ticker-tape parades. At 28, he had already won 13 major championships. He was hailed for his sportsmanship when he lost a major tournament by one stroke after calling a penalty on himself for an infraction that no one else saw. What was the infraction, and what tournament did he lose? More...
Quotation of the Day
Even to observe neutrality you must have a strong government.

Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804)

Idiom of the Day

have a good day

cliché An expression of farewell. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Patrick's Day Parade (Savannah, Georgia) (2020)

This parade is one of the oldest and biggest parades in the U.S., held since 1824 in Savannah, Georgia, a city with a long Irish history. The first public procession is recorded in 1824, and public parades have been held ever since. Today the parade, which follows a route through the city's historic district, comprises between 200 and 300 separate units, including family groups, commercial floats, high school bands, and military bands and marching units. The day begins with mass at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: inherent

imminent, immanent - Imminent is "about to happen" and immanent is "inherent" or "pervading the material world." More...

intrinsic - Latin intrinsecus, "on the inside," came to be the English intrinsic, "inner, internal" and "inherent." More...

proper - First meant "inherent, intrinsic." More...

innate, inherent - The word innate means "inborn" and should apply to living things; inherent is "essential, intrinsic" and applies best to nonliving things like ideas. More...

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