Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, July 31, 2022)
Word of the Day

liegeman

Definition:(noun) A feudal vassal or subject.
Synonyms:feudatory, liege, vassal
Usage: The liegeman was expected to provide military support if his lord went to battle.
Daily Grammar Lesson

The Present Indicative vs. the Future Indicative

The present indicative describes things that are happening, are about to happen, or are believed to be happening. What does the future indicative describe? More...
Article of the Day

Seismology

Seismology is the scientific study of earthquakes—their origins, geographic distribution, and effects. Much of what we now know about the composition of the Earth and its internal structure comes from seismologic research. In recent years, seismologists have focused intense efforts on developing ways to predict earthquakes in hopes of minimizing casualties caused by seismic events. Unfortunately, a reliable method has yet to be developed. Why were six seismologists recently indicted in Italy? More...
This Day in History

Daniel Defoe Placed in a Pillory (1703)

Although Defoe achieved literary immortality with the novel Robinson Crusoe and is called the father of modern journalism, he also produced eloquent, witty, often audacious tracts on public affairs during his prolific writing career. After Defoe's publication of a pamphlet that ruthlessly satirized the High Church Tories, he was arrested and placed in a pillory. According to legend, what did Defoe's pillory audience throw at him instead of the customary harmful and noxious objects? 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
Beauty, n: the power by which a woman charms a lover and terrifies a husband.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

winning ways

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

Jamaica Festival (2022)

Originally called the Independence Festival of Jamaica because it ended on Jamaica's Independence Day, the Jamaica Festival emphasizes the cultural roots, conservation, and revival of traditional art forms by ethnic groups—particularly music, dance, and games of African origin—as well as nurturing contemporary arts. Competitions determine who will perform each year, the categories of which include fine art, photo, and culinary exhibits, music, dance, plays, and literary readings. The festival has been held in Kingston, Montego Bay, and elsewhere on the island since 1963. 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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