Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, July 12, 2020)
Word of the Day

flinty

Definition:(adjective) Showing unfeeling resistance to tender feelings.
Synonyms:granitic, obdurate, stony
Usage: He maintained a hard, careless deportment, indicative of neither joy nor sorrow: if anything, it expressed a flinty gratification at a piece of difficult work successfully executed.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Colons

A colon ( : ) is used after an independent clause to add information that helps illustrate or clarify what it says. How many spaces should be used after a colon? More...
Article of the Day

Sandboarding

Sandboarding is a sport similar to snowboarding, except that instead of sliding down the side of a snowy mountain, participants slide down sand dunes—some of which can be hundreds of feet high. For practical reasons, it is most prevalent in desert or coastal regions, and several sandboarding competitions and championships are held around the world. One significant drawback to boarding on sand instead of snow is that, unlike on mountains, dune riders do not have what convenience? More...
This Day in History

The Bisbee Deportation (1917)

In June 1917, miners in Bisbee, Arizona, engaged in a strike to improve wages and working conditions. On July 12, 2,000 vigilantes organized by the county sheriff illegally deported more than 1,000 of the striking union workers and others, including Americans and immigrants from Mexico and elsewhere. They were brought to a baseball field, loaded onto a cattle train, and taken 16 hours through the desert. They were finally dropped off in Hermanas, New Mexico. What happened to them next? More...
Today's Birthday

Josiah Wedgwood (1730)

An English potter, Wedgwood greatly improved the quality of contemporary pottery, specializing in cream-colored earthenware made famous by his Wedgwood company. Because smallpox had permanently weakened one of his knees, he concentrated on designing pottery rather than making it. He built a factory town, called Etruria, in 1769, and his methods transformed pottery from a minor industry into one of enormous aesthetic appeal. He was also an active abolitionist. Who was his famous grandson? More...
Quotation of the Day
Excess on occasion is exhilarating. It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

long since

Long ago; of the (relatively) distant past. More...
Today's Holiday

Orange Day (2021)

Sometimes referred to simply as The Twelfth, this is the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. In 1668, James II, who was Roman Catholic, was deposed and his throne was given to William of Orange, a Protestant. The Protestants won a decisive victory and formed the Orange Order, committed to maintaining the link with Protestant England. As Irishmen left Ireland and England for the New World, lodges of Orangemen were formed in Canada and the United States, where Orange Day is still observed by Protestant Irish. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: pottery

craze - First a crack or flaw; to craze is to produce minute cracks on the surface of pottery. More...

fictile - An adjective meaning "pertaining to pottery" or "suitable for making pottery." More...

ceramic, earthenware - Pottery made from clay is called ceramic or earthenware. More...

slip - As in pottery, it derives from Norwegian slip/slipa, "slime on fish." More...

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