Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, September 28, 2016)
Word of the Day

plainsong

Definition:(noun) A liturgical chant of the Roman Catholic Church.
Synonyms:Gregorian chant, plainchant
Usage: The music professor explained that in the Western church four main dialects of plainsong developed—Ambrosian, Roman, Mozarabic, and Gallican.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Whose

The interrogative adjectives "what" and "which" can often be used interchangeably, while "whose" is very different. What does "whose" denote? More...
Article of the Day

Con Man Matthew Cox

A number of years before he was placed on the US Secret Service's Most Wanted List, bold con man Matthew Cox wrote a novel detailing the exploits of a man who travels across America committing many of the crimes for which Cox himself is currently incarcerated. Cox used approximately 30 aliases in his real life criminal pursuits, including the name of cartoon millionaire C. Montgomery Burns, and acquired between $5 million and $25 million in fraudulent property mortgaging deals. How did he do it? More...
This Day in History

Norman Conquest of England Begins (1066)

In 1066, King Edward the Confessor of England died childless. His cousin William of Normandy claimed that he had been promised the throne years earlier, yet Harold, duke of Wessex, was crowned instead. William then assembled a force of 5,000 knights and invaded. He was crowned less than three months later, following a swift and brutal conquest that had a profound and lasting effect on English life. When William landed at Pevensey on September 28, Harold's forces were busy elsewhere—doing what? More...
Today's Birthday

Max Schmeling (1905)

Schmeling was a German boxer who, in his greatest upset, knocked out future world heavyweight champion Joe Louis—then an unbeaten 22-year-old contender—in 1936. When they met again in a hugely hyped 1938 match, Louis knocked out Schmeling in the first round. The rivals later became fast friends. When Louis died in 1981, Schmeling helped pay for the funeral. Though lauded as an Aryan idol in Germany, Schmeling was neither political nor racist. How did he save two Jewish children from the Nazis? More...
Quotation of the Day
At some future period, not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilized races of man will almost certainly exterminate and replace the savage races throughout the world.

Charles Darwin (1809-1882)

Idiom of the Day

ice maiden

pejorative A coolly composed, unemotional woman; a woman without affection or warmth of feeling. More...
Today's Holiday

Yom Kippur (2020)

Also known as the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur is the holiest and most solemn day in the Jewish calendar, and the last of the 10 High Holy Days. On this day, Jews acknowledge transgressions, repent through confession, then make atonement to God to obtain his forgiveness, with the hope of being inscribed in the Book of Life. Yom Kippur is a strict day of fasting; not even water may be taken from sundown to sundown. It is also a day of reconciliation for those who have done each other harm during the past year. It is the only fast day that is not postponed if it falls on the Sabbath. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: technical

spod - A studious person who is quite socially inept or dull or a person who pursues an unfashionable, technical, or esoteric interest with obsessive dedication. More...

masterpiece - Originally, it was used in a technical or academic sense to apply to a work that was presented to a medieval guild for qualification as a "master." More...

technical, technic - Technical is based on technic, an adjective meaning "pertaining to art," from Greek tekhne, "art." More...

technicize - To make technical. More...

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