Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, July 22, 2022)
Word of the Day

histrionics

Definition:(noun) Theatrical arts or performances.
Synonyms:theatrical performance, representation
Usage: They had lunch, then went to the theater to enjoy an hour of histrionics.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Declarative Sentences

A declarative sentence makes a statement or argument about what is, was, or will be the case. That is, it talks about that which is asserted to be true. What mark of punctuation do declarative sentences usually end in? More...
Article of the Day

Hammurabi

The sixth king of Babylonia, Hammurabi founded an empire that was eventually destroyed by raids from Asia Minor. He is best remembered for his code of laws, which addresses issues like business and family relations, labor, private property, and personal injuries. Though generally humanitarian, Hammurabi's Code relies on the retributive "eye for an eye" theory of punishment. A nearly complete version of the code, carved on a diorite column, was recovered in 1902. Where can you visit it today? 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
Children are all foreigners.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

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: swimming

enatation - Escape by swimming. More...

butterfly stroke - In swimming, the stroke in which both arms are raised out of the water and lifted forward together. More...

shoal - A synonym for "school," referring to a large number of fish swimming together. More...

supernatant - Means "swimming on the surface." More...

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