Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, June 2, 2017)
Word of the Day

delirious

Definition:(adjective) Marked by uncontrolled excitement or emotion; ecstatic.
Synonyms:excited, frantic, mad, unrestrained
Usage: A crowd of delirious baseball fans cheered the home team to a shutout victory.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Superlative Adverbs

Superlative adverbs, like superlative adjectives, are used to describe differences among three or more people or things. What ending is added to the base adverb to form a superlative adverb? More...
Article of the Day

The Nika Riots

Nearly half of Constantinople was destroyed and some 30,000 people were killed in the Nika riots of 532 CE. Chariot racing was quite popular at the time, and rivalries between the fans of competing teams often became mingled with political or religious disputes, sometimes leading to riots. The Nika riots began when spectators at a chariot racing event, angered by the emperor's refusal to pardon two rioters accused of murder, started attacking his palace. How was the rebellion finally suppressed? More...
This Day in History

Birth of the Italian Republic (1946)

During World War II, Italy was a monarchy in chaos. King Victor Emmanuel III had appointed Benito Mussolini prime minister in 1922 to avoid revolt, but, when war came, the two fought on opposite sides—Mussolini with the Axis and Victor Emmanuel with the Allies. Victor Emmanuel's history with Mussolini made the monarch unpopular after the war, and he abdicated in favor of his son, who ruled for 40 days before the Italian Republic was created by a referendum. Whom did it exile until 2002? More...
Today's Birthday

The Marquis de Sade (1740)

Described by French poet Guillaume Apollinaire as "the freest spirit that has yet existed," the Marquis de Sade was a French novelist and philosopher infamous for his wildly liberal lifestyle and erotic writings. The term "sadism" derives from his depictions of violent behavior, and he spent decades in prisons and insane asylums for his scandalous actions. How did he try to incite a riot at the Bastille, where he was imprisoned just days before it was stormed by French revolutionaries? More...
Quotation of the Day
Circus, n.: A place where horses, ponies and elephants are permitted to see men, women, and children acting the fool.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

lead nowhere

To ultimately yield or achieve no useful, beneficial, or successful result or outcome. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Elmo's Day (2021)

The day known as St. Elmo's Day is actually St. Erasmus's Day, in honor of a third-century Italian bishop who is thought to have suffered martyrdom around the year 304. Erasmus was a patron saint of sailors and was especially popular in the 13th century. Sometimes at sea on stormy nights, sailors will see a pale, brushlike spray of electricity at the top of the mast. In the Middle Ages, they believed that these fires were the souls of the departed, rising to glory through the intercession of St. Elmo. Such an electrical display is still referred to as "St. Elmo's Fire." More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: rubbish

bilge - Can mean "nonsense, rubbish." More...

culch - Rubbish or refuse, or meat scraps. More...

flathers - A synonym for rubbish or dirt. More...

quisquilious, quisquiliary, quisquilian - Quisquilious and quisquiliary mean "having the nature of refuse or rubbish," and quisquilian means "consisting of trash or rubbish." More...

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