Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, May 31, 2019)
Word of the Day

sufferable

Definition:(adjective) Capable of being borne though unpleasant.
Synonyms:bearable, endurable, supportable
Usage: He winced as he felt the bump on his head, but he decided that as long as the pain was sufferable he would attend the dance.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Articles

Articles identify whether a noun is definite (specific or particular) or indefinite (general or unspecific). What are the three articles? More...
Article of the Day

The Brazen Bull

The brazen bull is a torture and execution device designed in ancient Greece by Perillos, a brass-founder, for Phalaris, the cruel tyrant of Agrigentum, Sicily, who ruled from about 570 to 554 BCE. Perillos cast a hollow brass bull that had a door on its side, allowing the condemned to be placed inside it. A fire lit beneath the bull would roast the victim alive. The device was designed so that the victim’s screams would sound like the bellowing of a bull. Who, ironically, was its first victim? More...
This Day in History

The Ancash Earthquake (1970)

The 1970 Ancash earthquake was a severe undersea earthquake that affected the Peruvian region of Ancash, killing at least 50,000 people. Combined with a subsequent landslide, it was the most catastrophic natural disaster ever recorded in the history of Peru. The quake destabilized part of Mount Huascarán, an extinct volcano and Peru's highest mountain, triggering a rock and snow avalanche that buried the towns of Yungay and Ranrahirca. What was the magnitude of the earthquake? More...
Today's Birthday

Walt Whitman (1819)

Whitman was an innovative American poet whose works dealt overtly with topics like sexuality while celebrating the collective experience of an idealized, democratic American life. In 1855, he published at his own expense Leaves of Grass, a volume of 12 poems. It was a commercial failure but became one of the most influential volumes of poetry in the history of American literature. Whitman's much-recited poem "O Captain! My Captain!" was written as a tribute to what US president? More...
Quotation of the Day
We ascribe beauty to that which is simple; which has no superfluous parts; which exactly answers its end; which stands related to all things; which is the mean of many extremes.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

lipstick on a pig

Some superficial or cosmetic change to something so that it seems more attractive, appealing, or successful than it really is. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of the Visitation (2019)

On this day Christian churches in the West commemorate the Virgin Mary's visit to her cousin Elizabeth. After learning that she was to be the mother of Jesus, Mary went into the mountains of Judea to see her cousin, the wife of Zechariah, who had conceived a son to be known as John the Baptist. According to the Gospel of Luke, Elizabeth's baby "leaped in her womb" (1:41) at the sound of Mary's voice. It was at this moment, according to the belief of some Roman Catholics, that John the Baptist was cleansed from original sin and filled with heavenly grace. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: mess

addled, muddled - Addled refers to mental confusion; muddled is anything confused or in a mess. More...

dog's breakfast, dog's dinner - Meaning a mess or muddle, a dog's breakfast or dog's dinner originally may have referred to a cooking mishap with results fit only for a dog's consumption. More...

higgledy-piggledy - Probably formed from pig and the animal's suggestions of mess and disorder. More...

kettle of fish - Meaning "mess, muddle," the phrase is from "a pretty kettle of fish," a corruption of "kiddle of fish," in which a kiddle is a basket set in the opening of a weir for catching fish. More...

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