Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, April 25, 2022)
Word of the Day

bathos

Definition:(noun) Insincere or grossly sentimental pathos.
Synonyms:mawkishness
Usage: The opera's conclusion was emotional to the point of bathos, with the soprano dying heroically to save her lover.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Punctuating Direct Speech

Direct speech refers to the direct quotation of something that someone else said. When we use direct speech in writing, how do we indicate it? More...
Article of the Day

The Assembly Line

The assembly line is a method of manufacturing wherein various mass-produced, identical parts are assembled in a sequential manner to create an end product. The division of labor into simple, individual tasks allows relatively unskilled laborers to serially add pieces together to quickly create a final product that they usually do not get to see. Though 20th-century automaker Henry Ford is often credited with introducing the modern assembly line, crude precursors date all the way back to when? More...
This Day in History

Robinson Crusoe Is Published (1719)

Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe is a fictional autobiography of the eponymous English castaway marooned on a desert island for 28 years. During this time, Crusoe encounters cannibals, captives, and mutineers and endures endless hardships while preserving his human integrity. The first volume of Defoe's Crusoe story was published in 1719 and garnered immediate acclaim. It is considered by some critics to be the first true English novel. What is the book's full title? More...
Today's Birthday

Oliver Cromwell (1599)

A controversial figure in English history, Cromwell was a leader of the parliamentary forces that battled the royalists in the English Civil War. After the execution of Charles I in 1649, Cromwell became lord protector and virtual dictator of England and raised his country's status once more to that of a leading European power by means of a strict military administration and the enforcement of the Puritan moral code. What did the royalists do to his corpse when they returned to power in 1660? More...
Quotation of the Day
Destiny: A tyrant's authority for crime and a fool's excuse for failure.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

set (someone) by the ears

To cause (someone, generally a group of two or more people) to engage in a squabble, dispute, or altercation. More...
Today's Holiday

Portugal Liberation Day (2022)

Liberation Day, or Liberty Day, is a public holiday commemorating the military coup on this day in 1974 that removed Marcello Caetano (1906-1980) from power, reflecting the opposition of many Portuguese to their government's military policies and wars in Africa. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: insignificant

piff - Something insignificant. More...

bee's knees - Used from 1797 for "something insignificant." More...

floccinaucinihilipilification, floccipend - Floccinaucinihilipilification is estimating or categorizing something as worthless, and floccipend means "regard as insignificant" (from Latin flocci pendere, "hold at little value"). More...

piteous, pitiable, pitiful - Piteous is generally not used when speaking of people, pitiable means "able to be pitied," and pitiful most often means "insignificant; below contempt." More...

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