Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, June 11, 2019)
Word of the Day

nuptial

Definition:(adjective) Of or relating to a wedding.
Synonyms:bridal, spousal
Usage: My fiancé was less than thrilled when I suggested that we write our own nuptial vows.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Objects

Grammatical objects are nouns or pronouns that complete the meaning of verbs and prepositions. What is an indirect object? More...
Article of the Day

"The Walrus and the Carpenter"

"The Walrus and the Carpenter" is a narrative poem that appears in Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There. In the book, the poem is recited to the protagonist, Alice, by Tweedledee and Tweedledum. After hearing the poem, in which the titular characters lull a group of oysters into a false sense of security and then eat them, the good-natured Alice attempts to determine which of the two might be the more sympathetic. In what ways has the poem been interpreted? More...
This Day in History

The Le Mans Disaster (1955)

The legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans motor race was created in 1923, when cars' top speeds hovered around 60 mph (97 km/h). Thirty years later, top speeds had more than tripled, with little change to the course. In the 1955 race, a narrow pass near the pit stop caused racer Pierre Levegh to hit another car from behind while traveling at about 150 mph (240 km/h). Levegh's Mercedes went airborne, and parts flew into the stands, killing Levegh and more than 80 spectators. Why did the race continue? More...
Today's Birthday

Gene Wilder (1933)

Wilder was just 8 years old when his ailing mother's doctor urged him to try making her laugh. The boy took those words to heart and developed a passion for performing that eventually led him to Hollywood. He is best known for his roles in comedy classics like Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory and Young Frankenstein. He cowrote the latter film with producer and director Mel Brooks, and their screenplay was nominated for an Academy Award. Which film sequel's script beat them out? More...
Quotation of the Day
To promise not to do a thing is the surest way in the world to make a body want to go and do that very thing.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

have a heavy heart

To have a dejected or miserable attitude or disposition; to be in a depressed or grievous state. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Barnabas's Day (2021)

Before England adopted the Gregorian calendar in 1752, June 11 was the day of the Summer Solstice. In addition to being the longest day of the year, it was also St. Barnabas's Day (or Barnaby Day), and this association gave rise to the old English jingle, "Barnaby bright, Barnaby bright, the longest day and the shortest night." It was customary on this day for the priests and clerks in the Church of England to wear garlands of roses and to decorate the church with them. Other names for this day were Long Barnaby and Barnaby Bright. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: sore

angry - Describing a wound or sore that is red and inflamed. More...

merry-gall - A sore produced by chafing. More...

sore - As a noun, it first meant generally "physical pain and suffering." More...

chafe, chaff - To chafe means to rub until sore or worn; to chaff means to tease good-naturedly. More...

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