Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, July 22, 2019)
Word of the Day

verbiage

Definition:(noun) The excessive and often meaningless use of words; verbosity.
Synonyms:repetition, tautology, redundancy, circumlocution, prolixity, periphrasis, pleonasm
Usage: He is generally a smooth and fluent versifier, but his fluency is his undoing; he wraps up his material in too great a mass of verbiage.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Subjects and Predicates

Sentences must always include both a subject and a predicate. The subject is the noun (a person, place, or thing) that performs, controls, or is responsible for the action of a verb. What is the predicate? More...
Article of the Day

Constructed Worlds

A constructed world is an imaginary world, usually created for a novel, video game, or role-playing game, that possesses a unique geography and climate and is often home to sapient creatures with their own cultures and histories. Detailed maps and languages of their creators’ invention help make these worlds seem more realistic. J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth is one example of a constructed world. There are two major approaches to world-building: top-down and bottom-up. How do they differ? More...
This Day in History

John Dillinger Killed by the FBI (1934)

During a nine-year stint in Indiana state prisons for a 1924 holdup, Dillinger learned the craft of bank robbery from his fellow inmates. After being paroled in 1933, he went on to commit five bank robberies in four months. Captured by police yet again, Dillinger escaped jail twice and was named "public enemy number one" by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). His run came to an end when FBI agents shot him to death outside a Chicago theater. Who lured Dillinger to the ambush site? More...
Today's Birthday

Oscar de la Renta (1932)

Oscar de la Renta was a Dominican-born American fashion designer whose work has strongly influenced the fashion world since the 1960s. His designs encompass everything from bathing suits to wedding dresses, furs, perfumes, and linens, and he is known for his luxurious ready-to-wear fashions. After studies in Santo Domingo and Madrid, he began his career as staff designer for leading couturier Cristobal Balenciaga. He then moved to New York to design for Elizabeth Arden, following whose advice? More...
Quotation of the Day
Every man is surrounded by a neighborhood of voluntary spies.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Idiom of the Day

wear too many hats

business slang To hold too many responsibilities or assume too many roles at the same time. More...
Today's Holiday

Fête de la Madeleine (2022)

The Magdalene Festival is observed in St. Baume, a forested region of Provence, France, on the anniversary of the death of Mary Magdalene. Legend has it that, wandering eastward from Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, she came to la fôret de la Baume, "the forest of the cave," a grotto where she spent 33 years living on wild roots and berries doing penance for her sins. Thousands of pilgrims have visited la Sainte Baume, the holy cave, since the 13th century. Although July 22 is the most popular pilgrimage date, the shrine is visited throughout the year. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: wicked

facinorous - Extremely wicked. More...

flagitious - Criminally wicked. More...

scelestious, scelestic - Other terms for wicked are scelestious and scelestic. More...

wicked - Probably based on Old English wicca, "witch." More...

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