Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, May 9, 2017)
Word of the Day

froward

Definition:(adjective) Stubbornly contrary and disobedient; obstinate.
Synonyms:headstrong, self-willed, willful
Usage: Her siblings were obedient and well-behaved, but she was froward and stubborn.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Adverbs of Purpose

Adverbs of purpose (sometimes called adverbs of reason) tell us why something happens or is the case. They can modify verbs, adjectives, or adverbs. What parts of speech generally make up adverbs of purpose? More...
Article of the Day

Banoffee Pie

A portmanteau of "banana" and "toffee," banoffee pie is an English dessert made from bananas, cream, toffee, and a pastry or biscuit base. Though Ian Dowding and Nigel Mackenzie of The Hungry Monk restaurant in East Sussex, England, claim to have invented the dish in 1972, other tales of its origins eventually spread. The men responded by offering a £10,000 prize to anyone who could disprove their claim. How is the toffee for the pie made? More...
This Day in History

Thomas Blood Attempts to Steal Crown Jewels of England (1671)

Blood was an Irish-born adventurer who served under Oliver Cromwell during the Wars of the Three Kingdoms. After Charles II returned to the throne, Blood fled to Ireland. He later attempted to kidnap the Duke of Ormonde but failed. In 1671, Blood and his accomplices made an infamous attempt to steal the Crown Jewels of England. Having befriended the jewel keeper, Blood arranged a private viewing, during which time the men made off with the treasures. Why did Charles II pardon Blood? More...
Today's Birthday

J. M. Barrie (1860)

Barrie was a Scottish novelist and dramatist best known for his play Peter Pan, the Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up. Emotionally immature—likely due to his domineering mother—Barrie was prone to sentimentality in his writing. Yet his best works reveal a profound understanding of human nature and a capacity for irony and wit. His 1917 tragicomedy Dear Brutus is widely considered his best work. Why was Barrie disappointed with the statue of Peter Pan erected in Kensington Gardens, London? More...
Quotation of the Day
Do not mind anything that anyone tells you about anyone else. Judge everyone and everything for yourself.

Henry James (1843-1916)

Idiom of the Day

not do a stroke (of work)

To not do any work at all. More...
Today's Holiday

Be Kind to Animals Week (2017)

Be Kind to Animals Week was first observed in 1915. Established by Dr. William O. Stillman, the leader of the American Humane Association at the time, this week was dedicated to helping animals and to publicizing the achievements of the nation's humane societies. Today, Be Kind to Animals week is observed by thousands of animal shelters across the country in the first full week of May. They host special media events, promote education on the humane treatment of animals, and try to remind people of the debt that humankind owes to both wild and domestic animals. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: married

benedick, benedict - A long-time bachelor who is newly married is a benedick or benedict. More...

quadrigamist - Someone who has married four times. More...

connubial - A synonym for "married, wedded." More...

matrimony - From Latin matrimonium, "state of being married," from mater, "mother," and monium, "-mony" (state, condition). More...

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