Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, September 16, 2017)
Word of the Day

cogitation

Definition:(noun) Thoughtful consideration; meditation.
Synonyms:study
Usage: After much cogitation he rejected the offer, deciding instead to pursue his dream of becoming an artist.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Focusing Adverbs

Focusing adverbs are used to draw attention to a particular part of a clause. They frequently point to verb phrases. Where can focusing adverbs be placed in a sentence? More...
Article of the Day

Domes

Common structural elements in buildings around the globe, domes were first constructed atop primitive huts using sticks and mud. Their full architectural potential was not realized, however, until the 6th-century Byzantine architects of Constantinople's Hagia Sophia perfected the use of pendentives—triangular sections of vaulting that form the transition between circular domes and their polygonal supporting structures. Not all domes are perfectly circular. When was the first oval dome built? More...
This Day in History

Mayflower Sets Sail for New England (1620)

The Mayflower set sail from England to the New World with 102 passengers and about 25 crew members. After a two-month voyage marked by disease, the ship dropped anchor in Cape Cod Bay. After spending the winter selecting a suitable site for their new colony and drawing up an agreement for its temporary government by the will of the majority—the Mayflower Compact—the surviving passengers settled Plymouth. Why did the Speedwell, which set out with the Mayflower, turn back? More...
Today's Birthday

Mikhail Illarionovich Kutuzov (1745)

Kutuzov was a Russian field marshal who commanded the Russian army during major engagements with Napoleon between 1805 and 1812, including the battles of Austerlitz and Borodino. Though his forces suffered great losses in both of these engagements, Kutuzov nevertheless managed to rout the French, forcing them to leave along the path they had devastated when they entered the country. For Napoleon, this was the beginning of the end. In what epic novel does Kutuzov appear as a major character? More...
Quotation of the Day
Wives are young men's mistresses, companions for middle age, and old men's nurses.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

breathe easily

To relax. To be free from worry. More...
Today's Holiday

Mexico Festival of Independence (2022)

At 11 o'clock on the night of September 15 in Mexico City, the president appears on the balcony of the National Palace and proclaims the famous Grito de Dolores ("cry of Dolores")—the "call to freedom" that the priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla used to rouse the peasant population to fight for their independence in 1810. The people respond by cheering Viva México! and shooting off fireworks. The following day is Independence Day, which is celebrated with fireworks, the ringing of cathedral bells, and a huge military parade. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: perfect

A-OK - Astronauts on the Mercury Project in 1961 popularized A-OK, meaning "excellent, perfect"; it was coined by blending the adjective "A," as in A-one or A1, meaning "first-class," with "OK." More...

palinoia - The compulsive repetition of an act until it is perfect. More...

parfait - Literally French for "perfect." More...

perfect binding - A book bound by gluing instead of sewing. More...

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