Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, September 10, 2020)
Word of the Day

prodigality

Definition:(noun) The trait of spending extravagantly.
Synonyms:profligacy, extravagance
Usage: She spent her first half-year's dividend from the Venice Hotel Company, with characteristic prodigality, in presents for the children.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Concrete and Abstract Nouns

Concrete nouns name people, places, or things with physical properties. Abstract nouns name intangible things, such as concepts, feelings, characteristics, etc. Gerunds are verbs that end in "-ing" and function as nouns. Are they concrete or abstract? More...
Article of the Day

The Roman Limites

A limes—plural limites—was a fortified military road of the Roman Empire. Over time, the term came to be associated with continuous barriers punctuated by watchtowers and forts. In Germany and Raetia, one such limes stretched 345 miles (555 km) along the Roman border. Though not impenetrable, limites deterred raiding parties and allowed the Romans to control communications along frontiers. In some places, they were used to guard caravan routes. What two famous limites were built across Britain? More...
This Day in History

Anna Lindh, Swedish Politician, Stabbed (2003)

Lindh was a Swedish Social Democrat and an important proponent of the European Union. At the time of her murder, she was a prime candidate to become the next leader of the Social Democrats and prime minister of Sweden. On September 10, 2003, she was brutally attacked while shopping in a department store. The assault came just before a Swedish referendum on the Euro, while Lindh was intensely involved in a public campaign for the approval of the currency. When was her murderer caught? More...
Today's Birthday

Elsa Schiaparelli (1890)

After working in the US as a scriptwriter and translator, the Italian-born Schiaparelli settled in Paris and established a house of couture. A daring fashion innovator, she popularized brilliant colors, like "shocking pink," and brought the padded shoulder, synthetic fabrics, and exposed zippers to high fashion. She was also the first couturier to open a boutique offering ready-to-wear clothing. Schiaparelli took much of her inspiration from contemporary art and even collaborated with whom? More...
Quotation of the Day
In many ways doth the full heart reveal
The presence of the love it would conceal.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)

Idiom of the Day

bought the farm

Died. More...
Today's Holiday

Belize National Day (2022)

A public holiday in Belize commemorating the Battle of St. George's Caye, fought in 1798 between the Spanish and the English over possession of the area. English loggers had settled in what is now Belize in the early 17th century, and British pirates used to hide in the cays there waiting for opportunities to plunder passing Spanish ships. It is also known as St. George's Caye Day. Numerous festivities take place on the days leading up to the holiday, including a grand carnival parade. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: helmet

crest - From Latin crista, "plume, tuft," it first referred to the erect feathers of a plume on a helmet or headdress. More...

panache - Can be a tuft or plume of feathers on a headdress or helmet. More...

coif, coiffure, coiffeur - Coif, coiffure, and coiffeur (hairdo, hairstyle) derive from Latin cofia, "helmet." More...

galeated - Means "shaped like a helmet" or "wearing a helmet." More...

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