Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, July 31, 2017)
Word of the Day

irreverent

Definition:(adjective) Characterized by a lightly pert and exuberant quality.
Synonyms:impertinent, pert, saucy
Usage: Sally's irreverent gaiety and ease of manner drew people to her and made her immediately likeable.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Intensifiers

Intensifiers are adverbs or adverbials that modify adjectives and other adverbs to increase their strength, power, or intensity. What are some examples of intensifiers? More...
Article of the Day

Paperweights

Appreciated more for their aesthetic value than their practical aspects, paperweights are collected as examples of fine craftsmanship by approximately 20,000 enthusiasts worldwide. Produced both by sole artisans and in factories where artists and technicians collaborate, paperweights come in many different varieties, and their value is determined based on their design, rarity, and condition. What was the record sum once paid for an antique French paperweight? More...
This Day in History

K2 Is Summited for the First Time (1954)

Rising 28,251 ft (8,611 m) between China and Pakistan, K2 is the second-highest peak in the world after Mount Everest. Severe storms make K2 more dangerous to climb, however, and it has never been summited in winter. Measured in 1856, it was not summited until nearly 100 years later. In 1954, Italians Achille Compagnoni and Lino Lacedelli reached the top with the help of crew members who carried oxygen to above 26,245 feet (8,000 m). What thwarted an American attempt just one year earlier? More...
Today's Birthday

J.K. Rowling (1965)

Joanne Kathleen Rowling is the author of the Harry Potter book series, which has been credited with sparking an interest in reading at a time when children were thought to be abandoning books. She parlayed the series into a global brand, including the popular movie adaptations, worth an estimated $15 billion. All seven volumes of the series have broken sales records, and the last four have been the fastest-selling books in history. Where was Rowling when she first conceived the story? More...
Quotation of the Day
As a man without forethought scarcely deserves the name of a man, so forethought without reflection is but a metaphorical phrase for the instinct of a beast.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)

Idiom of the Day

winning ways

One's charming, endearing, or likeable personality or demeanor. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of St. Ignatius Loyola (2017)

St. Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556) founded the Society of Jesus, the Roman Catholic religious order whose members are known as Jesuits. The Feast of St. Ignatius is celebrated by Jesuits everywhere, but particularly in the Basque region of Spain where he was born. The largest Basque community in North America, located in Boise, Idaho, holds its annual St. Ignatius Loyola Picnic on the last weekend in July—an event often referred to as the Basque Festival. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: utter

arrant - Means "complete, utter," as in arrant knave, "an extremely untrustworthy individual." More...

explore - Comes from Latin, meaning "search out," from ex-, "out," and plorare, "utter a cry." More...

whicker - To utter a half-suppressed laugh. More...

yodel - From Bavarian jodln, "to utter the syllable jo (yo)." More...

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