Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, July 24, 2019)
Word of the Day

overwrought

Definition:(adjective) Deeply agitated especially from emotion.
Synonyms:distraught
Usage: Now that the horror of absolute solitude was upon them, her overwrought nerves gave way, and the reaction came.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Interrogative Sentences

An interrogative sentence is simply a sentence that asks a question. Interrogative sentences always end with question marks. What are tag questions? More...
Article of the Day

Torcs

A torc is a large, usually rigid, collar, necklace, or armband typically made of twisted metal. Its name, which means "to twist" in Latin, is derived from this design. A sign of nobility, torcs are made of bronze, gold, and other materials and were worn by cultures of the European Iron Age, such as the Scythians, Thracians, and Celts. Most torcs are open-ended at the front, although many seem to have been designed for near-permanent wear. What ancient sculpture features a figure wearing a torc? More...
This Day in History

The Eastland Disaster (1915)

Launched in 1903, the passenger ship Eastland was plagued with problems from the start. That year alone, the Eastland was damaged after colliding with another ship, and, in an unrelated event, its crew mutinied. Prone to instability and listing, the ship met with disaster in 1915 when it rolled over while still moored to the wharf of the Chicago River, killing more than 840 people shortly after boarding. How did the sinking of the Titanic impact the Eastland disaster? More...
Today's Birthday

Alexandre Dumas (1802)

Dumas was a largely self-educated French novelist and dramatist whose highly romantic novels immortalizing the adventures of the Three Musketeers and the Count of Monte Cristo have delighted many generations of readers. These historical novels, written with the aid of collaborators, are often scorned by critics, who find them lacking in style and characterization, but they have had enormous popularity. In 2005, Dumas's recently discovered last novel was published. Who wrote its final chapters? More...
Quotation of the Day
Clairvoyant, n.: A person, commonly a woman, who has the power of seeing that which is invisible to her patron, namely, that he is a blockhead.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

tighten the purse strings

To become less liberal with or more controlling of one's expenditures; to decrease the availability of money for spending purposes. More...
Today's Holiday

Tenjin Matsuri (2021)

The Tenjin Festival in Japan honors the scholar and statesman Sugawara Michizane (845-903), who was deified as Tenjin after his death. The festival opens at the Temmangu Shrine with the beating of the Moyooshi Daiko, a drum about five feet in diameter. The drum-cart is followed by a masked figure who represents Sarutahiko, the deity who led all the other gods to Japan. Most important is the mikoshi—the decorated shrine in which the soul of Tenjin is believed to reside. In the evening, the parade moves to the river, with numerous boats carrying glowing lanterns. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: quiet

coy, quiet - Coy and quiet derive from Latin quietus, "at rest, in repose," with coy coming from the Old French form coi (earlier quei), and quiet coming straight from Latin; the original sense of coy was "quiet, still." More...

conticent - If something is hushed or quiet, it is conticent. More...

q.t. - An abbreviation for "quiet," as in, on the q.t. (or QT). More...

wildtrack, room tone - The wildtrack or room tone consists of the barely audible noises that make up a background sense of quiet. More...

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