Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, May 23, 2020)
Word of the Day

chipper

Definition:(adjective) Having a cheerful, lively, and self-confident air.
Synonyms:debonair, jaunty
Usage: If I seem chipper today, it is because I found a $50 bill on my walk to work this morning.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Collective Nouns and Plural Nouns

Collective nouns are very similar to plural nouns. Plural nouns are nouns that refer to multiple people, places, or things, and they primarily (but not always) have what endings? More...
Article of the Day

Fagin

Fagin is a fictional character in Charles Dickens's Oliver Twist who has sparked much debate over the years. Allegedly based on an actual criminal, the character teaches boys to steal and is described as villainous, selfish, miserly—and Jewish. He is called "the Jew" more often than "Fagin," despite the fact that Dickens removed over 180 instances of it after befriending a Jewish couple. Which of Dickens's later Jewish characters may be an apology for his anti-Semitic portrayal of Fagin? More...
This Day in History

New York Public Library Dedicated (1911)

When former New York governor Samuel J. Tilden died in 1886, he left $2.4 million in his will for the creation of a grand public library. At that time, there were two other important libraries in New York City—the Astor and the Lenox—but they were struggling. With Tilden's gift, they were merged in 1895. The new library's cornerstone was laid in 1902 at the old Croton Reservoir on Fifth Avenue, and it finally opened to the public in 1911. By 1910, how many miles of shelves had been installed? More...
Today's Birthday

Rosemary Clooney (1928)

Clooney was an American singer popular in the 1950s with hits such as "Come On-a My House." She also appeared in several movies, including White Christmas (1954), which co-starred Bing Crosby. In the 1960s, mental illness and drug addiction took a toll on her career, but she made a comeback in the mid-1970s and performed until her death in 2002. Her 1968 mental breakdown was precipitated by the assassination—as she stood nearby—of what personal friend? More...
Quotation of the Day
It was the policy of the good old gentleman to make his children feel that home was the happiest place in the world; and I value this delicious home-feeling as one of the choicest gifts a parent can bestow.

Washington Irving (1783-1859)

Idiom of the Day

guilty pleasure

Something that one enjoys or finds pleasurable but knows or feels to be bad, inferior, aberrant, or lowbrow, especially as might be perceived or judged by other people. More...
Today's Holiday

Cavalcata Sarda (2020)

This famous procession—or cavalcata—was originally held in Sassari, Sardinia, Italy, more than 900 years ago to celebrate a victory over Saracen invaders. Today the procession consists of costumed groups from over 100 Sardinian villages. Wearing the traditional dress of their region, participants in the Cavalcata Sarda often ride through the streets in ox-drawn carts. After the procession is over, the celebration continues with singing and dancing. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: tremble

quaver - Came from the now obsolete Middle English quave, "tremble." More...

didder, dither - To didder or dither is to tremble or shake. More...

tremble - From the Proto Indo-European base trem-, "shake." More...

tremendous - Based on Latin tremere, "to tremble." More...

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