Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, June 10, 2020)
Word of the Day

bedevil

Definition:(verb) Be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly.
Synonyms:befuddle, confound, discombobulate, fox, throw
Usage: Jerry frequently bedevils his conversation partners by rapidly and abruptly changing topics.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Adverbial Complements

Adverbial complements are adverbs or other adverbial elements in a clause that are required to complete the meaning of the verb. How do they differ from adverbial adjuncts? More...
Article of the Day

Nefertari

Nefertari was the favorite wife of Egyptian pharaoh Ramesses II, who reigned for 67 years in the 13th century BCE. Though little is known about Nefertari's origins, it is assumed she was of noble descent. As the mother of Ramesses' heir, she most likely enjoyed a high status. Ramesses honored her with a temple of her own next to his and built her the largest, most spectacular tomb in the Valley of the Queens. She is depicted in numerous paintings and statues, often playing what instrument? More...
This Day in History

London's Millennium Bridge Opens, Promptly Closes (2000)

When tens of thousands of pedestrians crossed the Thames River via London's Millennium Bridge on its opening day in 2000, many felt the steel suspension bridge sway, and the vibrations worsened as people adjusted their gaits to the motion. Nicknamed the "wobbly bridge" by Londoners, it closed just two days later for modifications to eliminate the sway and did not reopen until 2002. What prompted the bridge to close again in 2007 over concerns that pedestrians were in danger of being blown off? More...
Today's Birthday

Hattie McDaniel (1895)

McDaniel was the first African American to win an Academy Award, earning it for her role as the maid Mammy in 1939's American Civil War epic Gone with the Wind. Segregation, still widespread in the American South at the time, prevented her from attending the film's Atlanta premiere, but when her friend and fellow actor Clark Gable—who had recommended her for the role—wanted to boycott the event, she insisted that he attend. Why does McDaniel have two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame? More...
Quotation of the Day
Masterpieces are not single and solitary births; they are the outcome of many years of thinking in common, of thinking by the body of the people, so that the experience of the mass is behind the single voice.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Idiom of the Day

let's roll

Let's get out of here; let's get moving. More...
Today's Holiday

Time Observance Day (2021)

Emperor Tenchi (or Tenji) of Japan (626-671) is credited with making the first water clock, a device that measured time by the amount of water leaking out of a vessel. The Japanese honor their 38th emperor on June 10, the day on which he first ordered the hour to be announced by sounding temple bells and drums. The Rokoku Festival, or Water Clock Festival, is held on this day at the Omi Jingu Shrine in the city of Otsu, Shiga Prefecture, where the emperor's water clock is housed. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: whiskey

ardent spirits - Strong alcoholic liquors made by distillation, as brandy, whiskey, or gin. More...

bourbon - Named for Bourbon County, Kentucky, an American whiskey made from at least 51 percent corn, plus other grains (all bourbons are whiskey, but not all whiskeys are bourbon); whiskey is an alcoholic liquor distilled from grain, such as corn, rye, or barley, and contains approximately 40 to 50 percent ethyl alcohol by volume. More...

scat - Slang for whiskey. More...

brand name - The term originated with whiskey, as the producers branded their names on the barrels. More...

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