Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, August 23, 2020)
Word of the Day

nettlesome

Definition:(adjective) Causing irritation or annoyance.
Synonyms:annoying, bothersome, galling, irritating, pesky, pestering, vexatious, plaguy, teasing, pestiferous
Usage: As punishment, I was given the nettlesome task of filling out each of the forms in triplicate.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Gerunds

A gerund is the "-ing" form of a verb when it functions grammatically as a noun in a sentence. What is a gerund phrase? More...
Article of the Day

Thankful Villages

Thankful Villages are localities in England and Wales that lost no soldiers in WWI. In those rare parishes, every person who enlisted in the armed forces returned home alive. The term "Thankful Village" was coined in the 1930s by writer Arthur Mee, who identified 32 such places. Another 20 have since been added to the list. In France, where the death toll was higher, only one village lost no soldiers in WWI, and it also has the distinction of having lost none in WWII either. What village is it? More...
This Day in History

William Wallace Is Executed (1305)

Wallace was a Scottish knight who, during the Wars of Scottish Independence, led a resistance movement against the English occupation. He gained control of Scotland briefly, but a Scottish knight betrayed him to the English in 1305. Found guilty of treason, he was hanged, drawn, and quartered. Much of what is known about his life is based on legend and the patriotic epic, The Wallace, written by 15th-century minstrel Blind Harry. What was done with Wallace's remains after his execution? More...
Today's Birthday

Georges Cuvier (1769)

Cuvier was a renowned French naturalist and zoologist considered the founder of comparative anatomy. He rejected the theory of evolution and instead embraced catastrophism, which proposes that geological changes on Earth have been caused by sudden upheaval rather than by gradual and continuing processes. He also greatly advanced the science of paleontology by reconstructing the soft parts of fossils deduced from their skeletal remains. What extinct flying reptile did Cuvier identify and name? More...
Quotation of the Day
I'm always rather nervous about how you talk about women who are active in politics, whether they want to be talked about as women or as politicians.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Idiom of the Day

around Robin Hood's barn

A long, indirect route. More...
Today's Holiday

Moreška Sword Dance (2022)

The Moreška Sword Dance is a ritual dance of medieval knights that has been performed for centuries. The dance takes place in Korcula, the main town of the island of Korcula off the coast of the former Yugoslavia (now within Croatia), in honor of the town's patron saint, Theodore. The dance-cum-pageant, with many clashes of steel, symbolizes the battle against the Turks when Korcula was under the control of the kings of Bosnia in the late 14th century. Korcula has hosted the dance since 1997 to celebrate and preserve the 400-year-old tradition of sword dancing. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: wandering

evagation - Means mental wandering or digression, also a digression in speech or writing. More...

mundivagant - Means "wandering around the world." More...

vagation - The action of wandering, straying, or departing from the proper or regular course. More...

wanderjahr - Literally German for "wander year," it refers to a year of wandering or travel. More...

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