Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, May 29, 2018)
Word of the Day

contrite

Definition:(adjective) Feeling or expressing pain or sorrow for sins or offenses.
Synonyms:remorseful, rueful, ruthful
Usage: He was so contrite that he wrote me a letter of apology.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Determiners

Determiners do two things. First, they signal that a noun or noun phrase will follow. Then, they give information about the item. What are demonstrative determiners? More...
Article of the Day

Kilroy Was Here

"Kilroy was here" is an American popular culture expression that is believed to have originated during World War II, when a US shipyard worker began scrawling the phrase on ships he had inspected. US servicemen then took up the saying and began scrawling it all over the world, wherever they were stationed or encamped. The phrase is usually paired with a doodle of a man peeking over a wall, a cartoon that was likely adopted from UK wartime graffiti that was often accompanied by what slogans? More...
This Day in History

Charles II of England Restored to Throne (1660)

After Oliver Cromwell's death in 1658, the English republican experiment soon faltered. A strong reaction set in against Puritan supremacy and military control, and opinion favored recalling the exiled king. Charles II was persuaded to issue the Declaration of Breda, granting amnesty to former enemies of the house of Stuart, and return to England. As king, Charles reopened the country's theaters, which Cromwell's Puritanical government had closed, and encouraged what bawdy theatrical genre? More...
Today's Birthday

John F. Kennedy (1917)

A decorated veteran of World War II, Kennedy was the youngest man and first Catholic to be elected US President, serving from 1961 until his assassination in 1963. Kennedy drafted an ambitious domestic program, but his proposed civil rights legislation languished, and his administration became enmeshed in foreign crises, such as the Cuban Missile Crisis, the failed Bay of Pigs invasion, and the Vietnam War. What technological medium is credited with helping Kennedy win the presidency? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is one insuperable obstacle to a belief in ghosts. A ghost never comes naked: he appears either in a winding-sheet or "in his habit as he lived." To believe in him, then, is to believe that not only have the dead the power to make themselves visible after there is nothing left of them, but that the same power inheres in textile fabrics.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

pound sand

To engage in pointless, menial efforts or labor. Used especially as an imperative to express disdain, contempt, or dismissal. More...
Today's Holiday

Ascension of Baha'u'llah (2022)

This marks the anniversary of the death in 1892 of Mirza Husayn Ali, known as Baha'u'llah, founder of the Baha'i religion. "Ascension" is not meant literally, but is considered the ascension of the spirit. The day is one of nine Baha'i holy days on which work is suspended. It is observed by gathering together at 3:00 a.m., the time of Baha'u'llah's death in Acre, Palestine (now Israel), for prayers and sometimes readings from Baha'i historical works. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: lamb

lamb - In Gothic times, lamb was used for "adult sheep" as well as "baby sheep." More...

rack of lamb - A roast of the rib section of lamb. More...

shepherd's pie - Got its name from the meat it originally contained—lamb or mutton. More...

white meat - The pale meat of poultry, rabbit, or veal; red meat is from beef or lamb. More...

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