Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, April 16, 2022)
Word of the Day

parlance

Definition:(noun) A particular manner of speaking.
Synonyms:idiom
Usage: In vulgar parlance the condiments of a repast are called by the American "a relish," substituting the thing for its effect.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Multiple Prepositional Phrases

Sentences can (and often do) have more than one prepositional phrase. How can you tell what kind of prepositional phrase each one is? More...
Article of the Day

Oahu

Two large volcanoes and the plain between them make up Oahu, the third largest and most densely populated Hawaiian island, nicknamed the "Gathering Place." Honolulu, Hawaii's state capital and main deepwater marine port, occupies the southeast end of the island, not far from Pearl Harbor, while the North Shore possesses some of the world's most renowned surfing spots. Oahu draws around five million visitors each year. Instead of cardinal directions, locals use what terms to describe locations? More...
This Day in History

Harriet Quimby Flies over English Channel (1912)

In 1911, Harriet Quimby earned the first pilot's license issued to a woman in the United States. Less than a year later, Quimby became the first woman to fly across the English Channel. She continued piloting aircrafts until her tragic death in 1912, when she was tossed from her airplane after it unexpectedly pitched forward. Despite the importance of her flight over the English Channel, the feat barely made the newspapers at the time because it was eclipsed by what major event? More...
Today's Birthday

Charlie Chaplin (1889)

Chaplin was one of the most creative personalities in the silent film era: he acted in, directed, scripted, produced, and eventually scored his own films. Merging physical grace and disrespect for authority, he created a signature character, the Little Tramp, who wore a gentlemen's derby, carried a cane, and sported a toothbrush mustache. The Little Tramp's baggy trousers and oversized shoes contributed to his unique, bow-legged dance-walk. How did Chaplin's political leanings affect his career? More...
Quotation of the Day
I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)

Idiom of the Day

clutch (one's)/the pearls

To react in a scandalized or mortified manner to once-salacious but now relatively common things, events, situations, etc. More...
Today's Holiday

Emancipation Day (Washington, D.C.) (2022)

In Washington, DC, April 16th is celebrated as Emancipation Day, commemorating the day in 1862 when President Abraham Lincoln signed into law the District of Columbia Emancipation Act, nine months prior to the Emancipation Proclamation. More than 3,000 slaves were freed under this agreement. Since 2005, the date has been a legal holiday in the District. Events are scheduled throughout the preceding week, and the observance culminates on the 16th in a day of festivities and entertainment, beginning with a parade down Pennsylvania Avenue in the morning. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: raisin

currant - Developed from Middle English raison of Corauntz, "a raisin of Corinth," from where the fruit came. More...

figgy pudding - From the dialect term fig, which meant "raisin." More...

frail - Fifty pounds of raisins. More...

passulate - To dry grapes to make raisins, from Latin passula, "raisins." More...

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