Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, July 29, 2022)
Word of the Day

cesspit

Definition:(noun) A pit for refuse or sewage.
Synonyms:sump, sink, cesspool
Usage: The cesspit smelled foul, but without it all the refuse would have been strewn around the town.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Restrictive vs. Non-Restrictive Attributive Adjectives

Attributive adjectives can be either restrictive or non-restrictive. Restrictive adjectives help establish the identity of the noun or pronoun being modified. What are non-restrictive adjectives? More...
Article of the Day

Perfume

Perfume is a mixture of alcohol and fragrant essential oils. Animal substances—such as musk, ambergris, and civet—were first added as fixatives in the Middle Ages. Since the early 19th century, chemists have produced thousands of synthetic essential oils, some imitating natural products and others yielding new scents. Most perfumes today are blends of natural and synthetic scents and of fixatives that add pungency. Fine perfumes may blend more than 100 ingredients. What is a fragrance wheel? More...
This Day in History

Umberto I of Italy Assassinated (1900)

Son and successor of Victor Emmanuel II, Umberto I was king of Italy from 1878 until his death in 1900. Though known as "Umberto the Good," he became increasingly authoritarian and disregarded the recommendations of parliamentary leaders. His support of General Bava Beccaris, who ordered his troops to fire cannons at demonstrators protesting high bread prices, greatly enraged many citizens, including his assassin. How many attempts on his life did Umberto escape before he was killed? More...
Today's Birthday

Max Nordau (1849)

Nordau was a Hungarian Zionist leader, physician, author, and social critic. He co-founded the World Zionist Organization with Theodor Herzl and was president or vice president of several Zionist congresses. As a social critic, he wrote a number of controversial books, including The Conventional Lies of Our Civilization, Degeneration, and Paradoxes. Nordau was a fully assimilated and acculturated European Jew when what controversy sparked his interest in Zionism? More...
Quotation of the Day
It may be possible to do without dancing entirely. Instances have been known of young people passing many, many months successively without being at any ball of any description, and no material injury accrue either to body or mind; but when a beginning is made--when the felicities of rapid motion have once been, though slightly, felt--it must be a very heavy set that does not ask for more.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Idiom of the Day

wide berth

A good distance (between things, people, etc.). Originally referred to ships. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Olav's Day (2022)

St. Olav is the patron saint of Norway, and the anniversary of his death is still marked by religious services, fireworks, and public merry-making. Every year the battle in which he died is reenacted during the St. Olav Festival in Trondheim. In the Faroe Islands, this is known as Olavsoka, or "St. Olav's Wake," a national holiday. Parliament opens on the 29th, but the festivities—which include dancing, sports events, speeches, drinking, and a parade of members of Logting (parliament)—begin the night before and continue into the early hours of the 30th. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: inhabitant

infernal - An inhabitant of the underworld can be called an infernal. More...

sherpa - Literally means "inhabitant of an eastern country." More...

aborigine - From Classical Latin meaning "ancestors," it was spelled with a capital A as the name of the primeval Romans; the first people called aborigines were the original inhabitants of Italy and Greece and aborigine was specifically applied to the inhabitants of a country ab origine, "from the beginning." More...

sylvans - Natives or inhabitants of forests or woods. More...

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