Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, July 16, 2016)
Word of the Day

sinuous

Definition:(adjective) Characterized by many curves or turns; winding.
Synonyms:wiggly, sinuate
Usage: We tried to trace the path of the sinuous stream, but it veered and curved in every direction.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Declarative Sentences

A declarative sentence makes a statement or argument about what is, was, or will be the case. What are some variations of declarative sentences? More...
Article of the Day

Criminal Tattoos

Tattoos are used by many criminals to show gang membership and mark their personal history, skills, and convictions. The system of Russian criminal tattoos is perhaps the most elaborate—both the symbols themselves and their locations on the body carry meaning. For example, butterflies signify an escape artist, while a crucifix worn on the chest signifies a "Prince of Thieves," the highest rank among criminals. In a criminal tattoo of a Russian church, what does each of the domes symbolize? More...
This Day in History

District of Columbia Established as US Capital (1790)

Adopted in 1787, the US Constitution allowed for the establishment of a capital city that could govern itself, but it did not stipulate a location. While it was agreed that the capital should not be in any one state, its placement was hotly debated. In 1790, Congress struck a compromise between the North and South, establishing a capital on the Potomac River. The exact location was chosen by President George Washington. District residents were unable to vote in presidential elections until when? More...
Today's Birthday

Ginger Rogers (1911)

Rogers was an Oscar-winning American actress and dancer—most notably as Fred Astaire's partner. Their first appearance together was in 1933's Flying Down to Rio. Though they were not given star billing, they stole the show and went on to make nine more films together. Rogers also starred in several non-musical roles and, by 1945, was one of the highest paid performers in Hollywood. She was honored by the Kennedy Center in 1992. Why were parts of the event prohibited from being televised? More...
Quotation of the Day
Children begin by loving their parents. After a time they judge them. Rarely, if ever, do they forgive them.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

horse-trade

To negotiate, trade, or bargain in a shrewd, judicious manner. Primarily heard in US. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of the Giglio (Brooklyn) (2020)

The feast days of Our Lady of Mount Carmel (July 16) and Paulinus of Nola (June 22) are celebrated together by Italian Americans at the parish of Shrine Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Brooklyn, New York. The highlights of the festival are the two processions of the giglio (Italian for "lilies"), a huge tower about six stories high and decorated with lilies. On July 16, the statue of Our Lady of Mount Carmel is placed atop the giglio and paraded through the parish streets accompanied by a marching band and the singing of the Giglio Song ("O' Giglio 'e Paradiso"). More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: joining

apse - From Latin apsis, meaning "fastening together," it is based on the notion that a vaulted space seems to be the joining together of arcs to form a circle. More...

syssarcosis - The joining of two or more bones by muscle. More...

couple - Its underlying notion is of "joining," coming from Latin copula, "connection, tie." More...

conjugal - From Latin conjugare, "join together (in marriage)"—from com-, "together," and jugare, "yoke"—it has an underlying notion of "joining together." More...

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