Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, July 19, 2022)
Word of the Day

satirist

Definition:(noun) A humorist who uses ridicule and irony and sarcasm.
Synonyms:ironist, ridiculer
Usage: The satirist got into trouble with the network after he ridiculed a number of prominent donors on his live television show.
Daily Grammar Lesson

"Yet" as an Adverb of Time

As an adverb of time, the word "yet" is used primarily in negative sentences or in questions. It can appear at the end of the sentence, or it can follow the word "not" before the main verb in a negative sentence. Where in a sentence does "yet" not appear? More...
Article of the Day

Atlantis

According to legend, Atlantis was an ancient island that long ago sank into the sea and was lost. Plato is the primary source of the legend, writing in his dialogues the Timaeus and the Critias of the flourishing Atlantean civilization and the island's destruction 9,000 years before his time. Many have sought the missing island to no avail. While it likely never existed as Plato described, elements of his story may have been drawn from real events. What does he say sank Atlantis? 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
This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

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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