Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, May 26, 2021)
Word of the Day

symposiarch

Definition:(noun) The person who proposes toasts and introduces speakers at a banquet.
Synonyms:toastmaster
Usage: As head of the committee hosting the event, my father was the symposiarch and ushered each speaker onstage with a few introductory remarks.
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

Siraitia grosvenorii: Longevity Fruit

While empirical studies have yet to show that the fruit of the Siraitia grosvenorii vine extends life, anecdotal evidence—the sheer number of centenarians living in Guangxi, China, where the plant is primarily cultivated—has led some to draw this conclusion. Used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine to treat things like heat stroke and sore throats, the fruit only recently caught the attention of Western scientists. What have studies of its medicinal properties shown thus far? More...
This Day in History

First "Witch" Executed in the British American Colonies (1647)

Nearly 50 years before the infamous trials that resulted in the execution of 20 people as witches in Salem, Massachusetts, Alse Young of Windsor, Connecticut, became the victim of the first recorded execution for witchcraft in the American colonies. Although she may have had a daughter who was also accused of witchcraft 30 years later, very little is known about Young's life, except that she was hanged at Meeting House Square in Hartford. A mention of her execution is recorded in whose diary? More...
Today's Birthday

Mamie Smith (1883)

Smith was an African-American vaudeville singer, dancer, and actress, but her most enduring legacy is a single she recorded in 1920 for Okeh Records. The first recording of vocal blues by an African-American artist, "Crazy Blues" quickly—and somewhat unexpectedly—became a bestseller. Its success opened record executives' eyes to a previously neglected market—African-American buyers—and ushered in the era of the "race record." Smith's "Crazy Blues" was accorded what honor in 2005? More...
Quotation of the Day
In the sun-time, when the world is bounding forward full of life, we cannot stay to sigh and sulk ... but if the misfortune comes at 10PM, we read poetry or sit in the dark and think what a hollow world this is.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

Idiom of the Day

king of the hill

The most powerful, successful, or authoritative person in a group or organization. More...
Today's Holiday

Georgia Independence Day (2021)

Georgia Independence Day celebrates the republic's brief period of independence from Tsarist Russia from May 26, 1918, until its forced incorporation into the Soviet Union in 1922. Georgia declared its independence from the former Soviet Union on April 9, 1991, but the national holiday commemorates the country's original independence earlier in the century. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: riding

davering - Riding or walking in a dazed condition. More...

dressage - The art of riding and training horses, from French dresser, "to train." More...

road - First meant "riding" or "hostile incursion on horseback"—a sense preserved in "inroads." More...

jounce - To move roughly or violently up and down, as when one is riding a horse. More...

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