Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, September 14, 2018)
Word of the Day

scathe

Definition:(noun) The act of damaging something or someone.
Synonyms:damage, harm, hurt
Usage: It is true also that I did lay my hands upon this jack-fool of a brother Ambrose, though, as you can see, I did him little scathe.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Identifying Direct Objects

Direct objects are directly affected by the verbs they complete. What questions can we ask to identify the direct object in a sentence? More...
Article of the Day

Gloomy Sunday

Written in 1933 by Hungarian composer Rezso Seress, the song "Gloomy Sunday" has been the subject of several urban legends. Recorded and performed by numerous artists, notably Paul Robeson and Billie Holiday, the song was once called the "Hungarian suicide song" due to claims that it inspired hundreds of suicides in Hungary and in the US. Further legends claimed that performances and radio broadcasts of the song were banned as a result. What fact about Seress likely fueled some of the legends? More...
This Day in History

Domitian Becomes Emperor of Rome (81 CE)

The son of Roman Emperor Vespasian, Domitian was second in line for the throne, yet he was only given positions of nominal importance prior to succeeding his older brother Titus, whom he most likely had killed. Though his laws were severe and increasingly despotic, his administration was ostensibly egalitarian, and he is said to have governed the empire well. Still, defeats in Britain and Germany undermined his leadership. About which of his physical traits was he reportedly extremely sensitive? More...
Today's Birthday

Clayton Moore (1914)

Moore performed as a stunt man, trapeze artist, and occasional actor in Westerns until he was spotted in a Zorro film by the producer of The Lone Ranger. From 1949 to 1957, he appeared in 169 episodes of The Lone Ranger as the titular masked character, who roams the West fighting injustice with his trusty sidekick, Tonto, and horse, Silver. The Ranger never removed his trademark mask, which Moore continued to wear in public until a 1979 lawsuit forced him to replace it with what? More...
Quotation of the Day
It contributes greatly towards a man's moral and intellectual health to be brought into habits of companionship with individuals unlike himself, who care little for his pursuits, and whose sphere and abilities he must go out of himself to appreciate.

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)

Idiom of the Day

be here to stay

To become permanent or firmly established; to be a normal part of everyday life, especially after once being abnormal or unusual. More...
Today's Holiday

Tono Matsuri (2020)

This autumn festival in Japan, observed in the hope that it will bring a good harvest, provides an excellent display of traditional Japanese arts. There is a Shishi Odori dance, performed to the accompaniment of taiko drums; Taue-odori, a rice-planting dance; kagura (sacred music and dance) performances; and Yabusame (horseback archery) demonstrations. There is also a children's parade, called Chigo-gyoretsu. A distinctive genre of festival music, known as Nambu-bayashi, is performed on the grounds of the Tonogo-hachimangu Shrine in Tono. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: sudden

all of a sudden - Is the grammatically correct version; do not say "all of the sudden." More...

coup de main - A sudden and unexpected movement or attack. More...

sudden - From Latin sub-, "up to," and ire, "come, go," making subitus, "come or go up stealthily." More...

vicissitude - A sudden or unexpected change in life. More...

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