Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, July 25, 2019)
Word of the Day

eschew

Definition:(verb) Avoid and stay away from deliberately; stay clear of.
Synonyms:shun
Usage: Unlike many Hollywood starlets, she eschews publicity and does her best to avoid being photographed in public.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Collective Adjectives

Collective adjectives are nominal adjectives (adjectives that act as nouns) used to refer to a group of people based on a characteristic that they share. What are some common collective adjectives? More...
Article of the Day

Tian

Tian is one of the oldest Chinese terms for the cosmos and the supreme power over humans and lesser gods in indigenous Chinese religion. As a god, Tian is an impersonal power, in contrast to the supreme ruler Shangdi, with whom Tian is nevertheless closely identified. Scholars have long debated whether Tian rewarded and punished human actions or whether events merely followed Tian's order and principles. The word Tian has how many meanings? More...
This Day in History

Bob Dylan Plugs In (1965)

At the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, erstwhile acoustic folk musician Bob Dylan performed with an electric guitar for the first time, marking a major shift in his career. The move did not go over well. Expecting an acoustic set like his two previous ones at Newport, the audience was caught off guard by Dylan's apparent betrayal of the folk genre, and some fans booed him loudly. His first appearance at the festival, in 1963, constituted his premiere national performance. Who invited him to play? More...
Today's Birthday

Henry Knox (1750)

A bookseller, Knox became active in the colonial militia in the lead-up to the American Revolution. Upon the outbreak of war with England, he volunteered for the revolutionary forces and soon proved himself a capable tactician and leader. He was so highly regarded that he was chosen to succeed George Washington as commander of the army at the war's end and later served as the first US secretary of war. What did Knox accidentally swallow that caused an infection that claimed his life? More...
Quotation of the Day
The man who is aware of himself is henceforward independent; and he is never bored, and life is only too short, and he is steeped through and through with a profound yet temperate happiness.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Idiom of the Day

weep (one's) heart out

To weep copiously; to cry intensely and for a long time. More...
Today's Holiday

Grotto Day (2022)

In England during the late 18th and early 19th centuries, oysters were not considered the rare delicacy they are today, and the large number of oysters eaten at that time meant there were lots of shells around. On St. James's Day, which was observed on August 5 before the Gregorian, or New Style, Calendar came into use and on July 25 thereafter, children used the shells to construct small decorative grottoes. Sometimes the children begged for pennies as a reward for their efforts. Most of this grotto-building took place in London, and the custom continued up to the 1950s. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: worry

cark - The noun means "solicitude or sympathetic feeling"; the verb means to fret anxiously or to cause distress or worry. More...

distrait, distraught - Distrait means "absent-minded as a result of apprehension, worry, etc."—while distraught means "agitated" and "bewildered, distracted." More...

ish kabbible - Meaning "I should worry," it is of unknown origin, but is perhaps derived from Yiddish nisht gefidlt, popularized (and perhaps coined) by comedienne Fanny Brice. More...

kedogenous - "Brought about by worry or anxiety." More...

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