Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, July 10, 2019)
Word of the Day

squander

Definition:(verb) Spend thoughtlessly; throw away.
Synonyms:waste, blow
Usage: Each man swore that for once he would be sensible and not squander his money.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Slashes

The slash ( / )—technically known as a virgule but also called a slant, solidus, or stroke—serves a number of purposes in writing. What are they? More...
Article of the Day

Pliny's Natural History

Pliny the Elder was a Roman scholar famous for his Historia NaturalisNatural History—an encyclopedia published in 77 CE. His one surviving work, it is divided into 37 books that survey all the known sciences of the day, notably geography, anthropology, zoology, mineralogy, and botany. Although the work was the European authority on scientific matters up to the Middle Ages, it is of uneven accuracy. Pliny was in the process of revising the work when he died observing what disaster? More...
This Day in History

Rubens's Massacre of the Innocents Sells for £49.5 million (2002)

Misattributed to an assistant of Baroque painter Peter Paul Rubens until 2002, when an expert from Sotheby's auction house identified it as the work of the master himself, Massacre of the Innocents is an early 17th-century painting depicting Herod's slaughter of the infants of Bethlehem. One of two paintings Rubens made of the Biblical scene, it fetched £49.5 million ($76 million) at auction and is one of the priciest paintings ever sold. Its style is reminiscent of which Italian painter? More...
Today's Birthday

Arthur Ashe (1943)

Ashe rose from his hometown's public courts to become the first African-American male to reach prominence in tennis. Noted for his grace, hard-hit topspin, and outstanding backhand, Ashe won three Grand Slam tournaments, including Wimbledon. He helped to form the Association of Tennis Professionals and worked to expose the injustices of apartheid in South Africa. Infected with HIV through a blood transfusion, he also worked to raise awareness of AIDS. Why was Ashe arrested in 1985 and 1992? More...
Quotation of the Day
Love is invisible, and comes in and goes out as he likes, without anyone calling him to account for what he does.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

in front of (one's) very eyes

Right in plain sight or while one is watching. More...
Today's Holiday

Cheltenham International Festival of Music (2022)

Established in 1945 to give first performances of works by British composers, the two-week Cheltenham International Festival of Music has since expanded its scope considerably. Its musical repertoire now includes both British and foreign composers offering operas as well as symphonic, chamber, and choral music. Special master classes are also offered each year on such subjects as string quartets, piano trios, and brass instruments. Recitals and chamber music concerts are held in the Pittville Pump Room, Cheltenham Spa's most important Regency structure. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: railway

Main Line - The principal line of a railway (1841), it also has the meaning "affluent area of residence" (1930s), originally that of Philadelphia, from the "main line" of the Pennsylvania Railroad, which added local stops to a string of backwater towns west of the city in late 19th century that helped turn them into fashionable suburbs. More...

one-track mind - Is a reference to the railway. More...

railway - The word was first recorded in 1776, but the first actual railway opened nearly 50 years later, in 1825. More...

sidetrack - First used for a railway siding or a minor track or path. More...

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