Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, May 26, 2020)
Word of the Day

drudgery

Definition:(noun) Hard, menial, and monotonous work.
Synonyms:donkeywork, plodding, grind
Usage: The novelty soon wore off, and though she thought she was prepared for drudgery, she found it very tedious to go on doing the same thing day after day.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Order of Adverbs

There is a general order in which the different categories of adverbs should appear—this is known as the order of adverbs (or the royal order of adverbs). What type of adverb is typically used first in a sentence? More...
Article of the Day

Barbara McClintock

McClintock was an American geneticist. In the 1940s and 50s, her experiments with variations in the coloration of kernels of maize revealed that genes are not stationary, but can "jump" on the chromosome. She isolated two control elements in genetic material and found not only that they moved, but also that their transposition affected the behavior of neighboring genes. In 1983, she was belatedly awarded a Nobel Prize in Physiology. Why did she stop publishing her findings in the 50s? More...
This Day in History

Coronation of Czar Nicholas II (1896)

Nicholas II was the last czar of Russia. With little training in state affairs, Nicholas proved to be a charming but ineffective and easily swayed ruler. His reign was marked by defeat in the Russo-Japanese War, the 1905 Revolution, the court influence of the unpopular Rasputin, involvement in World War I, and governmental incompetence—all of which helped precipitate the Revolution of 1917. Forced to abdicate, he and his family were executed by the Bolsheviks. When was his body found? More...
Today's Birthday

Miles Davis (1926)

Rising to prominence with the birth of modern jazz in the mid-1940s, when he was a sideman in Charlie Parker's bop quintet, Davis became a dominant force in jazz trumpet. He was influential in the development of "cool" jazz, led many small groups through the 1950s and 60s, and produced a successful blend of jazz and rock music in the 1970s and 80s. His trumpet and flügelhorn styles were warmly lyrical and marked by a brilliant use of mutes. How old was Davis when he began to study music? More...
Quotation of the Day
If you desire to drain to the dregs the fullest cup of scorn and hatred that a fellow human being can pour out for you, let a young mother hear you call dear baby "it."

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

Idiom of the Day

tear a strip off (someone)

To scold, upbraid, or rebuke someone very severely, as for an error or wrongdoing. More...
Today's Holiday

Guyana Independence Day (2022)

This public holiday marks Guyana's independence from Britain on this day in 1966. Republic Day, or Mashramani, is another national holiday, commemorating February 23, 1970, when Guyana became a republic. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: knight

esquire - At its root, it means "shield bearer (in service to a knight)," from Latin scutarius. More...

forget-me-nots - May have gotten their name from the last words of a knight who drowned while trying to pick these flowers by a riverside. More...

heart on one's sleeve - Comes from chivalry, when a knight wore a scarf or other item from his lady tied to his sleeve. More...

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