Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, April 14, 2020)
Word of the Day

saturate

Definition:(verb) Infuse or fill completely.
Synonyms:impregnate
Usage: This light, subdued and colored, seemed almost a radiation from the trunks themselves, so strongly did they saturate it with their hue.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Creating Adverbs of Manner

Adverbs of manner are used to tell us how something happens or is done. They are very often formed from adjectives by simply adding "-ly," but sometimes, the spelling of a word will have to change slightly so as to better accommodate the extra "-ly." If the adjective ends in "-ic," for instance, what does the ending become? More...
Article of the Day

Hellenistic Religion

As Greek culture spread into the lands conquered by Alexander the Great, it came into close contact with the civilizations of the Near East and Egypt and was, in turn, influenced by them. Most Greeks continued their traditional religious beliefs, but a small number began to worship other deities, such as Isis, an ancient Egyptian goddess of fertility, and Cybele, the Great Mother Goddess of Phrygia. What new cults and religions arose from the intermingling of cultures? More...
This Day in History

John Wilkes Booth Shoots Lincoln (1865)

Booth was an American actor and Confederate sympathizer who assassinated President Abraham Lincoln at Ford's Theater in Washington, DC, during a performance of Our American Cousin. Shortly after 10 PM on April 14, 1865, Booth slipped into the presidential box unobserved, shot Lincoln in the head, and vaulted to the stage, breaking his leg in the process. According to witnesses, he then shouted "Sic semper tyrannis," Virginia's state motto. What does the Latin phrase mean? More...
Today's Birthday

Rod Steiger (1925)

American actor Rod Steiger got his start in the 1950s and quickly made a name for himself in Hollywood. Over the course of the next five decades, he appeared in dozens of motion pictures. He was thrice nominated for an Academy Award and won once—for his portrayal of Sheriff Bill Gillespie in In the Heat of the Night. As a teen, Steiger ran away from home to join the US Navy during World War II, but later his refusal to glorify war led him to turn down the title role in what film? More...
Quotation of the Day
Art is the most intense mode of Individualism that the world has known.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

park the bus

In football (soccer), to employ all (or nearly all) of a team's active players in defending its own side of the pitch. More...
Today's Holiday

Takayama Matsuri (2022)

Held twice a year in Japan, in the spring and the autumn, the Takayama Festival is famous for its elaborately decorated yatai (festival floats), which are adorned with beautiful fabrics, lacquered wood, and patterned metals. Twelve of these floats appear at the April festival, held at Takayama's Hie Shrine, and 11 participate in the October festival. Some yatai feature performances of kabuki (puppet plays), often performed by mechanical marionettes. A highlight of the festival is the parade of gongs known as tokeigaku, which produce a unique kind of folk music. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: midnight

beauty sleep - First defined as sleep taken before midnight, regarded as the most refreshing portion. More...

mesonoxian - Means "of or related to midnight." More...

quarternight - Halfway between sundown and midnight. More...

small hours - Midnight or 1 a.m. to dawn, when the numbered hours are "small." More...

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