Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, July 19, 2017)
Word of the Day

repose

Definition:(noun) The act of resting or the state of being at rest.
Synonyms:ease, relaxation, rest
Usage: The vacationer took his repose beside the swimming pool.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Personal Pronouns - Case

Case is the manner by which a noun is inflected depending on its grammatical function as a subject or object in a sentence. While the English language has largely discarded its case system, personal pronouns are one area in which the case system is still active, being inflected depending on whether they function as what? More...
Article of the Day

Murano Glass

Murano glass has been a famous product of the Venetian island of Murano for centuries and is still made today using the ancient techniques. The island's reputation as a glassmaking center was born when the Venetian Republic, fearful of fires that could destroy the city's mostly wood buildings, ordered glassmakers to move their foundries to Murano in 1291. Although Murano's glassmakers soon became the island's most prominent citizens, they had to adhere to one strict rule. What was it? More...
This Day in History

Women's Rights Convention Opens in Seneca Falls, NY (1848)

Organized by women's rights advocates Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott, the two-day Seneca Falls Convention was the US's first national women's rights convention and is often cited as the birthplace of the American feminist movement. Adopted at the conference was a document modeled after the US Declaration of Independence that called for equal rights for women, including the right to vote and to work in traditionally male professions. What was this document called? More...
Today's Birthday

Lizzie Borden (1860)

Borden is best known for her suspected involvement in the brutal axe murders of her father and stepmother in 1892. The killings took place in the family home and were discovered by Borden—or so she claimed. The prime suspect, she was arrested and tried for the murders. Though she was ultimately acquitted, the public was unconvinced, and she was ostracized until her death. The case's notoriety has endured in American pop culture and is still referenced today. What was the evidence against Borden? More...
Quotation of the Day
Woman inspires us to great things, and prevents us from achieving them.

Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870)

Idiom of the Day

wallflower

Someone who remains on the outer edges of a social event, especially a dance or party, and does not participate due to being shy or unpopular. More...
Today's Holiday

Folkmoot (2022)

This two-week festival is held in the mountains at the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in western North Carolina. It features more than 350 folk musicians and dancers from countries as diverse as Ecuador, Italy, Malaysia, Turkey, Peru, Israel, Slovenia, China, and the Philippines. Events include a Parade of Nations, a bazaar with local and regional artisans and food vendors, a special children's program, and performances by the folk dancers and musicians. Many of the events take place in the nearby town of Waynesville. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: stare

extant - Comes from Latin ex-, "out," and stare, "to stand," and means "currently or actually in existence." More...

stare - Its etymological notion is "fixity" or "rigidity," from a Germanic base meaning "be rigid." More...

gaure - To stare in astonishment. More...

gorgonize - To stare at with a petrifying look. More...

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