Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, March 17, 2021)
Word of the Day

coronal

Definition:(noun) Flower arrangement consisting of a circular band of foliage or flowers for ornamental purposes.
Synonyms:chaplet, lei, wreath, garland
Usage: Instead of a veil, the bride chose to adorn her head with an elaborate coronal of purple hydrangeas and pink roses.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Primary Interjections

Primary interjections are interjections that are single words derived not from any other word class, but from sounds. Nonetheless, primary interjections do have widely recognized meanings. What are some common examples? More...
Article of the Day

Lewis Chessmen

In 1831, dozens of intricately detailed chess pieces—enough to form several sets—were found buried in the sand on Scotland's Isle of Lewis. They had been carved from walrus ivory in the 12th century. Apparently unused, they may have been the stock of a merchant who buried them after a mishap at sea. Their origin and intended destination are unknown. The rooks are depicted not as castles, but as berserkers. Instead of white and black, the pieces may have been white and what other color? More...
This Day in History

The Richard Riot (1955)

Maurice Richard was a star ice-hockey player for the Montreal Canadiens and a hero of the French-Canadian population. After he was involved in a violent confrontation during a game with the Boston Bruins, Richard was suspended for the rest of the season as well as the playoffs. Many fans in Montreal believed the penalty to be overly severe and motivated by prejudice against French-Canadians. At a game just days later, the fans rioted. Who did the mayor of Montreal blame for inciting the riot? More...
Today's Birthday

Gottlieb Daimler (1834)

The mechanical experiments of German engineer, inventor, and pioneer automobile manufacturer Gottlieb Daimler aroused so much suspicion that, at one point, the police raided his workshop in Stuttgart, Germany, expecting to find a counterfeiting operation. They found only engines, as Daimler had been working on improvements to the internal combustion engine that would play a major role in the development of the automobile industry. He sold his first automobile in 1892. What was his famous motto? More...
Quotation of the Day
Best to live lightly, unthinkingly.

Sophocles (496 BC-406 BC)

Idiom of the Day

l'esprit de l'escalier

A French phrase meaning "the wit of the staircase"; a perfect witty remark, retort, or rejoinder that occurs to one after the fact or too late to be used. (Also written as "l'esprit d'escalier.") More...
Today's Holiday

Camp Fire Founders' Day (2021)

The organization originally known as the Camp Fire Girls was founded on March 17, 1910, around the same time that the Boy Scout movement was getting its start in Great Britain. Now it is coeducational and is known as Camp Fire. The organization stresses self-reliance, and membership is divided into five age levels, from Sparks (pre-school) to Horizon (grades 9-12). Interaction with adults is also emphasized as a way of learning about career choices, hobbies, and other interests. Camp Fire's founding is observed by members as part of Camp Fire Boys and Girls Birthday Week. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: rows

tubular bells - The orchestral instrument consisting of a row of vertically suspended metal tubes struck with a mallet. More...

bib necklace - One consisting of three or more rows. More...

mackerel sky - One with rows of white fluffy clouds resembling the pattern on a mackerel's back. More...

ordinance - First meant arrangement in ranks or rows. More...

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