Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, July 26, 2022)
Word of the Day

ventail

Definition:(noun) A medieval hood of mail suspended from a basinet to protect the head and neck.
Synonyms:camail
Usage: The sword caught him just below the jaw, but the ventail protected his neck.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Ordering Multiple Adverbs of the Same Category

If we use more than one adverb to describe a verb, there is a general order in which the different categories of adverbs should appear—this is known as the "order of adverbs." When we use multiple adverbs of the same category to modify the same verb, how do we order them? More...
Article of the Day

Monopoly

Though initially rejected by the toy firm Parker Brothers, Monopoly has become one of the world's most popular board games. Players move around the game board buying properties and developing them with houses and hotels. Their opponents then pay rent when they land on these spaces. Players can also pick up "Chance" and "Community Chest" cards, with outcomes ranging from being sent to jail to winning second prize in a beauty contest. What city inspired the locations on the US game board? More...
This Day in History

Liberia Gains Independence (1847)

Situated on the west coast of Africa, Liberia was founded by the American Colonization Society (ACS), a controversial group of white Americans—including both slaveholders and abolitionists—who aimed to colonize Africa with freed slaves. ACS officials obtained Cape Mesurado in 1821, and the first African-American immigrants arrived a year later. By the 1840s, however, the ACS was facing bankruptcy, and Liberia became independent in 1847. What African country had Britain settled similarly? More...
Today's Birthday

Mick Jagger (1943)

As lead singer of the British rock band the Rolling Stones, Jagger became one of rock music's biggest icons in the 1960s. He was widely regarded as a countercultural figure, fronting a band of defiant troublemakers. Borrowing from earlier American blues artists, Jagger helped redefine rock music and create some of the genre's greatest anthems, including "Satisfaction," "Sympathy for the Devil," and "You Can't Always Get What You Want." How did Jagger meet Stones guitarist Keith Richards? More...
Quotation of the Day
Those who assume a character which does not belong to them, only make themselves ridiculous.

Aesop (620 BC-560 BC)

Idiom of the Day

Were you born in a tent?

Have you no basic manners? (Usually said after someone has left open a door to the outside.) More...
Today's Holiday

St. Anne's Day (2022)

In 1650, a group of Breton sailors built a tiny frame church at the place where the town of Beaupré, Quebec, Canada, now stands. They wanted to honor St. Anne, the traditional name for the mother of the Virgin Mary and wife of Joachim or St. Joseph. The pilgrimage to her shrine in Beaupré is one of the major pilgrimages on the North American continent; Romanies from Canada and the United States also arrive to celebrate Santana ("St. Anna"). They camp on the church property, prepare a slava feast of special foods for and prayers to St. Anne, and visit their families. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: notice

advertisement - From advertir, Old French for "to notice," and ultimately from Latin advertere, "to turn toward." More...

emit, emission, emissary - Emit, emission, and emissary come from Latin emittere, "send out," and emit once meant "publish a book or notice." More...

notable, noticeable - Notable means "worthy of notice" and noticeable means "readily observed." More...

remark - From an intensified French word marquer, "observe, notice," i.e. "making a verbal observation." More...

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