Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, September 23, 2021)
Word of the Day

languorous

Definition:(adjective) Lacking spirit or liveliness.
Synonyms:lackadaisical, languid, dreamy
Usage: The sun was low in the west, and the breeze soft and languorous that came up from the south, charged with the seductive odor of the sea.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Light Verbs

Light verbs (also known as delexical verbs, thin verbs, semantically weak verbs, or empty verbs) are verbs that do not carry unique meaning on their own. What are common examples of light verbs? More...
Article of the Day

Psychogeography

The vaguely defined field of psychogeography involves reflection on the effect of environment on one's emotions and behavior. The concept emerged in the 1950s when French Lettrists and Situationists, finding contemporary architecture physically and ideologically restrictive, reimagined the city. Their perspective likely descended from the Dadaists and Surrealists while also drawing upon Charles Baudelaire's concept of urban wandering. How is psychogeography relevant in the modern world? More...
This Day in History

Merchant Royal Sinks, Taking Cargo of Gold and Silver with Her (1641)

A holy grail of marine salvage, the wreck of the Merchant Royal, one of the most valuable of all time, has eluded treasure hunters for centuries. When the leaky, 17th-century English merchant ship sank in rough weather in the vicinity of the Isles of Scilly and southwestern England, she took with her a fabled cargo of gold, silver, and precious gems worth over a billion dollars today. Among the riches lost in the wreck was the money to pay whom? More...
Today's Birthday

Augustus Caesar (63 BCE)

Augustus Caesar was the first emperor of Rome. Known as Octavian for the period of his life prior to 27 BCE, he came to power after defeating Mark Antony and Cleopatra. He ended years of civil war and gave Rome an era of peace, prosperity, and imperial greatness. Although he preserved the outward form of the Roman Republic, he ruled with extraordinary powers for more than 40 years and filled the Senate with sympathizers who named him "Augustus." What was the significance of this title? More...
Quotation of the Day
If people only made prudent marriages, what a stop to population there would be!

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863)

Idiom of the Day

button (one's) lip

To be quiet. Often used as an imperative. More...
Today's Holiday

Erau Festival (2022)

This Indonesian festival takes place in Tenggarong, in the province of East Kalimantan on the island of Borneo. Today the Erau Festival is celebrated for as long as a week around September 24, the anniversary of the city's founding, though many of the ceremonies performed during the festival go back much further. The festival opens with special blessing and purification ceremonies, followed by musical and dance performances, art exhibits, and more traditional Dayak ceremonies. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: sprout

ratoon crop - One that grows from the remains of one already harvested, from Spanish retono, "sprout." More...

clan - Ultimately from Latin planta, "plant, sprout." More...

germ, germinate - From Latin germen, "seed, sprout." More...

acrospire - The first leaf that sprouts from a germinating seed. More...

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