Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, September 10, 2018)
Word of the Day

buckler

Definition:(noun) Armor carried on the arm to intercept blows.
Synonyms:shield
Usage: As soon as he deflected his opponent's blow with his buckler, he went on the offensive, slashing away with his sword.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using the Subjunctive Mood

When we use the subjunctive mood to express actions that we demand, suggest, or request that someone else take, or describe something that must be the case, we use the base form of the verb. What does that mean? More...
Article of the Day

Chaos

In Greek mythology, Chaos was the first thing to exist, the vacant space from which all earthly and divine things arose. According to the ancient Greeks, it was made up of the four elements: earth, air, fire, and water. Sometimes personified as the most ancient of gods, it appears in various legends attributing the creation of all things to either the goddess Eurynome or the goddess Gaea—each of whom was said to have risen from Chaos. When did the word "chaos" acquire its modern meaning? More...
This Day in History

Empress Elizabeth of Austria Is Assassinated (1898)

Renowned for her beauty, Elizabeth of Bavaria married her cousin, Emperor Francis Joseph of Austria, but disliked the rigid etiquette of the Viennese court. She therefore spent much of her life wandering abroad. In 1898, an Italian anarchist stabbed the 60-year-old empress in the chest with a sharpened file while she was travelling in Geneva, killing her. Her domestic life is said to been an unhappy one, marred by family tragedies like the death of her only son in what sensational incident? More...
Today's Birthday

Hilda Doolittle, AKA H.D. (1886)

Born in Pennsylvania, Doolittle traveled to Europe in 1911 and stayed there the rest of her life. In England, under the influence of Ezra Pound, she became associated with the imagists and developed into one of the most original poets of the group. She combined classical themes with modernist techniques to create clear, impersonal, sensuous verse. Doolittle, who became an icon of the gay-rights and feminist movements after her death, was once involved in a love triangle with what other writers? More...
Quotation of the Day
Deep unspeakable suffering may well be called a baptism, a regeneration, the initiation into a new state.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

have (someone's) number on it

To be considered the agent or instrument of one's fate, especially leading to death. More...
Today's Holiday

Fiesta de Santa Fe (2020)

The Fiesta de Santa Fe is a religious and secular festival said to be the oldest such event in the country. It dates to 1712 and recalls the early history of Santa Fe, New Mexico. The festivities start the Thursday night after Labor Day with the burning of Zozobra, or Old Man Gloom, a 50-foot-high effigy. Thousands watch and shout "Burn him!" when the effigy groans and asks for mercy. Fireworks announce the end of Gloom. Afterwards, spectators make their way to the plaza for the start of three days of dancing, street fairs, a grand ball, a parade, and a mass of thanksgiving. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: social

community - It can refer to group of animals or plants living together and was first used to refer to a "body of commons" or a social or political entity. More...

party - Latin partitum, "part, side," became party, with the senses "political group" and, in the 18th century, "social gathering." More...

mores, anomie - Mores is the Latin plural of mor/mos and means "acquired customs and manners"; social and moral conventions are mores, and the lack of these is anomie. More...

sociable, social, society - Sociable, social, society, etc. originate in Latin socius, "companion, fellow," or "colleague." More...

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