Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, September 29, 2021)
Word of the Day

innocuous

Definition:(adjective) Having no adverse effect.
Synonyms:harmless
Usage: That mushroom may look innocuous, but it is in fact deadly.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Adjectives

Adjectives are used almost exclusively to modify nouns, as well as any phrase or part of speech functioning as a noun. Some adjectives appear directly before (or sometimes directly after) the noun or pronoun they modify. What are these called? More...
Article of the Day

Stupas

Stupas are dome-shaped monuments erected in memory of the Buddha or Buddhist saints, often marking a sacred spot, commemorating an event, or housing a relic. A simple stupa consists of a circular earthenware base supporting a solid dome topped with an umbrella that symbolizes protection. Originally, such mounds served as burial places for royalty. The tradition was appropriated by Buddhists, who worship by walking clockwise around the stupa. What well-known Asian structures evolved from stupas? More...
This Day in History

Japan Resumes Diplomatic Relations with China (1972)

The first Sino-Japanese War in the late 19th century damaged relations between the two countries for decades, as it marked the emergence of imperial Japan and saw harsh terms imposed on a badly defeated China. Relations did not improve until Kakuei Tanaka was elected prime minister of Japan in 1972. Shortly after his election, Tanaka visited China and signed an agreement establishing diplomatic relations between Japan and the Beijing regime. Who else made a historic visit to China in 1972? More...
Today's Birthday

Miguel de Cervantes (1547)

Cervantes was a Spanish author best known for Don Quixote de la Mancha, his novel about an aging "knight." A superb burlesque of the popular romances of chivalry, the work was an enormous success and has had an indelible effect on the development of the European novel. Cervantes himself led an eventful life: he was imprisoned several times, captured by pirates, and sold as a slave. How long was he enslaved before his family managed to scrape together the money to secure his release? More...
Quotation of the Day
Of course there must be lots of Magic in the world ... but people don't know what it is like or how to make it. Perhaps the beginning is just to say nice things are going to happen until you make them happen.

Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849-1924)

Idiom of the Day

catch (on) fire

To begin to burn, usually after being touched by an existing fire. More...
Today's Holiday

Election of the Lord Mayor of London (2022)

Since 1546, Michaelmas has been the day on which the Lord Mayor of London is elected each year. Two candidates are chosen from among the city aldermen who have already served a term of office as sheriff. The ceremony begins when the current Lord Mayor, two sheriffs, and 26 aldermen walk from the Mansion House to Guildhall. The candidates proceed to the Aldermen's Court, a body of 13 aldermen whose job it is to select the mayor. Once the voting is over, an ornate horse-drawn coach carries the new mayor to the Mansion House, the Lord Mayor's official residence since 1753. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: idleness

honky-tonk - May come from the New England dialect word honk, "to idle about," and is a rhyming duplication. More...

libberwort - Food or drink that makes one idle and stupid, food of no nutritional value, i.e. junk food. More...

ignavia, ignavy - Idleness or sloth can be described as ignavia or ignavy. More...

otiosity - Another word for leisure or idleness. More...

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