Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, May 9, 2019)
Word of the Day

forbearance

Definition:(noun) Good-natured tolerance of delay or incompetence.
Synonyms:longanimity, patience
Usage: Nevertheless, his army rebelled in Spain; this arose from nothing but his too great forbearance, which gave his soldiers more license than is consistent with military discipline.
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

The African Meeting House

Also known as the First African Baptist Church, the African Meeting House in Boston, Massachusetts, is the oldest existing African-American church building in the US. Completed in 1806, the meeting house became a place for religious, educational, and social gatherings as well as for political and anti-slavery meetings. During the Civil War, it served as a military recruitment center. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1974. What purpose did it serve for much of the 20th century? More...
This Day in History

First Flight over the North Pole? (1926)

In 1926, aviators Floyd Bennett and Richard Byrd took off from Spitsbergen Island on what would be a historic flight. When they returned, they announced that they had flown over the North Pole, becoming the first to do so. Although both men received the Congressional Medal of Honor for the feat—and Byrd went on to make the first flight over the South Pole in 1929—many were skeptical about their North Pole claims. What diary entries have led many to believe they never reached the pole? More...
Today's Birthday

Roger Hargreaves (1935)

English children's book author and illustrator Roger Hargreaves is best remembered for his beloved Mr. Men and Little Miss books, featuring colorful, boldly drawn characters like Mr. Silly, Mr. Happy, and Little Miss Chatterbox. Hargreaves is said to have been inspired to create the series after his young son innocently asked what a tickle looked like. Since 1971, when Mr. Tickle was first published, his books have sold over 100 million copies worldwide. What does a tickle look like? More...
Quotation of the Day
Do not do an immoral thing for moral reasons.

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)

Idiom of the Day

in fee

law (specifically of land) In absolute legal ownership or subjection. More...
Today's Holiday

Victory Day (Russia) (2021)

Victory Day is a national public holiday in the Russian Federation. It celebrates the defeat of Nazism and the end of World War II on European soil. On this day, people remember the 27 million Russian civilians and soldiers who perished during the war. Each year on May 9, people crowd Moscow's Red Square for solemn rites of remembrance—one minute of silence and cannon or gun salutes—as well as traditional musical and dance performances. Veterans may attend wearing their uniforms and medals. Many leave flowers at memorials and graves. TV stations often air films about World War II. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: rhetoric

rhetor - A teacher of rhetoric or a master of it. More...

climax - First described propositions in rhetoric, one rising above the other in effectiveness; it comes from Greek klimax, "ladder." More...

demagoguery, demagogy - Demagoguery and demagogy are the practices or rhetoric of a demagogue. More...

scheme - From Greek skhema, "figure, form," it first referred to a figure of speech, especially a figure of rhetoric, denoting a way of deviating from the ordinary use and order of words to create special effect. More...

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