Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, August 4, 2022)
Word of the Day

rhizome

Definition:(noun) A horizontal, usually underground stem that often sends out roots and shoots from its nodes.
Synonyms:rootstalk
Usage: It was not apparent that the neighboring stalk belonged to the original plant because the rhizome connecting the two was underground.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Idioms that Start with "In"

As there is no way to decipher a prepositional idiom's meaning simply by looking at it, it is best to memorize as many combinations as possible. Many combinations start with "in," such as "in advance," "in common," and "in general." What are some others? More...
Article of the Day

Saturn

The sixth planet from the Sun, Saturn is a gas giant and the second largest planet in the solar system after Jupiter. When viewed through a telescope, it is seen as a golden sphere. Saturn's most remarkable feature is the system of rings that orbits it. Jupiter, Uranus, and Neptune also have rings, but only those of Saturn are easily visible. Galileo first observed the rings in 1610, and astronomer Christiaan Huygens determined their true shape in 1659. What substances make up the rings? More...
This Day in History

Feudalism Abolished in France (1789)

The monarchical absolutism of King Louis XIV of France destroyed the roots of feudalism, but outward feudal forms persisted and became increasingly burdensome. Therefore, just weeks after the storming of the Bastille, the National Assembly held a meeting in which the nobles and clergy—driven partly by fear and partly by an outburst of idealism—relinquished their manorial rights within the course of a few hours. What are the National Assembly's August 1789 decisions collectively called? More...
Today's Birthday

Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792)

Shelley is considered one of the great English Romantic poets. He is known for his masterpiece lyrical drama Prometheus Unbound and his poems "To a Skylark" and "Ozymandias." A rebellious youth, Shelley was expelled from Oxford for his part in authoring an atheist tract. He married Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, now famed as Mary Shelley, after his first wife drowned herself in 1816. Shelley himself drowned just six years later at age 29. Why do some think his death was not accidental? More...
Quotation of the Day
We are living in 1937, and our universities, I suggest, are not half-way out of the fifteenth century. We have made hardly any changes in our conception of university organization, education, graduation, for a century - for several centuries.

H.G. Wells (1866-1946)

Idiom of the Day

with (one's) head held high

Displaying pride and confidence, often (but not always) after something has gone wrong. More...
Today's Holiday

Antigua Carnival (2022)

In Antigua and Barbuda, to coincide with the already established celebration of the slaves' emancipation, Carnival is celebrated in late July and continues until the first Tuesday in August. Music, competitions, and pageantry dominate the proceedings. Calypso music can be heard throughout the celebration, and the annual calypso competition produces a Calypso Monarch. Other contests include two beauty pageants, which crown Caribbean Queen and Miss Antigua. Every Carnival also features street parades that are famous for their elaborate glittering costumes. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: mound

causeway - A raised path, road, or way across a wet place or stretch of water—based on causey, "a mound, embankment, or dam to retain water." More...

tumulus, barrow - A tumulus is the mound of earth placed over a tomb, synonymous with barrow. More...

hill of beans - Refers to the planting practice of placing the seeds in clumps in a little mound (hill) of soil. More...

moat - From French mote/motte, meaning "mound." More...

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