Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, September 26, 2016)
Word of the Day

squalid

Definition:(adjective) Dirty and wretched, as from poverty or lack of care.
Synonyms:flyblown, sordid
Usage: They lived like beasts in great squalid labor-ghettos, festering in misery and degradation.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Mitigators

Mitigators, a subset of adverbs of degree, are adverbs or adverbials that modify adjectives and adverbs to reduce their intensity, making them seem less extreme or powerful. "Slightly" is an example of a mitigator. What are some others? More...
Article of the Day

The Elixir of Life

The elixir of life is a mythical potion said to confer immortality. The ancient Chinese thought that precious substances like gold and mercury brought longevity, and these ingredients were often used in their elixirs. Ironically, some metals are highly toxic and thus poisoned the longevity seekers who ingested them. Buddhism gave the Chinese alternate routes to immortality, but the elixir of life received renewed attention in the 18th century with what claims about the Comte de St. Germain? More...
This Day in History

Steamship RMS Queen Mary Is Launched (1934)

Construction on the Queen Mary ocean liner began in Scotland in 1930. In 1934, British King George V's consort, Queen Mary, christened the ship in her own name. Operated by the Cunard Line, the glamorous luxury ship carried passengers between New York and England for decades—except during World War II, when it was painted grey and converted to carry troops. In the 1960s, air travel rendered transatlantic passenger ships obsolete, and the Queen Mary was retired. Where is it now? More...
Today's Birthday

Thomas Stearns "T. S." Eliot (1888)

Eliot was an American-British poet and critic and an immensely distinguished literary figure who, from the 1920s on, was the most influential English-language modernist poet. His early poems, such as "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" and "The Waste Land," express the anguish and barrenness of modern life and the isolation of the individual. In his later poetry, he turned from spiritual desolation to hope for human salvation. What book by Eliot is the basis for the musical Cats? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is impossible for good or evil to last for ever; and hence it follows that the evil having lasted long, the good must be now nigh at hand.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

be cleaned out

To be emptied or devoid of money, food, resources, etc. More...
Today's Holiday

Cure Salée (2020)

The Tuareg, a largely nomadic ethnic group found primarily in Algeria, Niger, Mali, and Libya, converge with their camels and cattle on a place known as Ingal just after the first rains of the season arrive. The Salt Festival takes its name from the salt contained in the new grass, which is essential to the animals' diet. Each Tuareg group participating in the Cure Salée follows a very specific transhumance or seasonal migration route, some traveling hundreds of miles. The return of the rains is also celebrated with dancing, singing, and camel races. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: ignore

flout, flaunt - Flout means "defy, ignore" and flaunt means "show off." More...

ignore, disregard - Ignore is properly used of things that are present in one's surroundings; for things like rules, conventions, stipulations, and contracts, the right word is disregard. More...

stet - Latin for "let it stand," a notation to ignore a correction made to a text. More...

pretermit - To pass over or ignore something. More...

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