Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, May 24, 2022)
Word of the Day

chattel

Definition:(noun) An article of movable personal property.
Synonyms:personalty
Usage: Slaves were treated as chattel by plantation owners, who bought, sold, and even bet them in poker games.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Comparative Adverbs vs. Comparative Adjectives

Comparative adverbs, like comparative adjectives, are used to describe differences and similarities between two things. While comparative adjectives describe similarities and differences between two nouns, what do comparative adverbs make comparisons between? More...
Article of the Day

Persephone

In Greek mythology, Persephone is the goddess of fertility and, having been taken captive by Hades and made his wife, queen of the underworld. Though Hades eventually allowed her to return to Earth, he first tricked her into eating pomegranate seeds—the food of the dead—thus tethering her to the underworld and making it necessary for her to return to him for several months each year. What changes are said to come over the Earth each time she leaves for or returns from the underworld? More...
This Day in History

Brooklyn Bridge Opens to Traffic (1883)

The Brooklyn Bridge—one of the oldest suspension bridges in the US—stretches over the East River from Manhattan to Brooklyn. It was the first steel-wire suspension bridge in the world and, at the time of its completion, was the world's longest suspension bridge. Construction was plagued by at least 27 fatal accidents, one of which killed John A. Roebling, the bridge's designer. Days after the bridge opened, rumors of its impending collapse caused a stampede that killed how many people? More...
Today's Birthday

Jean-Paul Marat (1743)

Marat was a French Revolutionary leader and journalist. When the Revolution began, he founded the newspaper L'Ami du peuple and became an influential voice for radical measures against the aristocrats. Elected to the National Convention in 1792, he led the attack against the moderate Girondists. Horrified by the excesses of the Reign of Terror, Girondist sympathizer Charlotte Corday assassinated Marat, stabbing him as he soaked in a bath to relieve the discomfort of what condition? More...
Quotation of the Day
The most successful career must show a waste of strength that might have removed mountains, and the most unsuccessful is not that of the man who is taken unprepared, but of him who has prepared and is never taken. On a tragedy of that kind our national morality is duly silent.

E. M. Forster (1879-1970)

Idiom of the Day

speak of the devil, and he shall appear

An acknowledgment of a person who has arrived just as or after he or she was being discussed. More...
Today's Holiday

Bermuda Day (2022)

Bermuda Day, formerly Commonwealth Day, is a public holiday and the highlight of Bermuda Heritage Month. Since 1979, a variety of cultural activities have been held every May, including historical exhibits, concerts, and thanksgiving services in churches. Festivities on May 24 include a parade that ends up in the middle of a festival at Bernard Park in Hamilton. It is also a popular day for Bermudians to hit the beaches. Runners participate in a marathon race, and there are races for cyclists and skaters. May 24 is also the beginning of dinghy-racing season in St. George's Harbor. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: prone

bellicose, belligerent - Bellicose orients "prone to fighting" toward an individual, while belligerent refers to an organized body, a national or political entity—a person is bellicose, a nation is belligerent. More...

grovel, groveling - Grovel is a back-formation from groveling—which first meant "face downward in a prone or prostrate position." More...

prone, prostrate, supine - Prone is lying on your face—facing downwards—which is also true for prostrate, but only in expressing adoration or begging for protection; supine is lying on your back. More...

kratogen - The dormant area of land lying next to one that is prone to earthquakes. More...

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