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

France's Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle Founded (1793)

The Jardin des Plantes, the main botanical garden in France, is situated near the left bank of the river Seine in Paris and is home to the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, France's museum of natural history, as well as an elaborate rose garden, numerous hothouses, and a zoo. The museum is now a center for research and education. Although it was founded during the French Revolution, the museum was born out of a medicinal plant garden created by what French monarch in 1635? More...
Today's Birthday

Judy Garland (1922)

Born Frances Gumm, Garland was an American film actress considered by many to be one of the greatest singing stars of Hollywood's golden age of musical film. She began her career singing in her parents' theater at an early age and later toured in vaudeville. In 1939, she played Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, and went on to star in numerous other movies and musicals. Her untimely death and personal tragedies have come to represent the pitfalls of stardom. Who is her famous daughter? 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

that's my girl!

An expression used to express praise and pride in what has just been done or accomplished by one's daughter, or, less often, one's girlfriend or another female with which one has a relationship of some kind. More...
Today's Holiday

Portugal National Day (2022)

Also known as Camões Memorial Day and Portugal Day, this national holiday observes the death anniversary of Luís Vas de Camões (1524-1580), Portugal's national poet. His epic work, The Lusiads (1572), was based on the voyage to India of Portuguese explorer Vasco de Gama. This national holiday is observed with patriotic speeches, games, and costumed citizens in the capital city of Lisbon. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: tune

accordion, concertina - Accordion derives from Italian accordare, "to tune," and both it and the concertina operate on the same basic principle; however, the accordion has a pianolike keyboard and is rectangular and bulky, while the concertina has buttons in headboards and is hexagonal and more portable. More...

carol - A term which originally referred to a non-religious ring dance accompanied by singing. Eventually it came to mean a merry song with a tune that could be danced to. The Italian friars who lived with St. Francis of Assisi were the first to compose Christmas carols, c. 1410. More...

lilt - Comes from a word meaning "pipe," and the noun originally meant "song, tune." More...

perseveration - The recurrence of a tune or thought in the mind. More...

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