Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, February 11, 2016)
Word of the Day

leeway

Definition:(noun) A margin of freedom or variation, as of activity, time, or expenditure; latitude.
Synonyms:margin, allowance, tolerance
Usage: Lisa's parents gave her a lot of leeway with her curfew, but they expected her to finish all her chores before she left the house.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Dummy Pronouns

Dummy pronouns are words that function grammatically as pronouns, but which do not have antecedents like normal pronouns do. This means that, unlike normal pronouns, dummy pronouns do not replace a noun, phrase, or clause. What do they refer to in a sentence? More...
Article of the Day

The Peacock Angel of the Yezidi

The Yezidi, or Yazidi, are members of a syncretistic religion that developed during the 12th century and mingles folk traditions with the beliefs and practices of Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. According to Yezidi tradition, the world is under the care of 7 Holy Beings, or Angels. Preeminent among these is Melek Taus, or the Peacock Angel, leader of the archangels and a demiurge whose tears of repentance quenched the fires of hell. Why do some people believe the Yezidi are devil worshippers? More...
This Day in History

Tewodros II Crowned Emperor of Ethiopia (1855)

Often called Ethiopia's first modern ruler, Tewodros was a bold and clever warrior who came to the throne through the conquest of other chiefs, reunifying the various Ethiopian kingdoms into one empire. He attempted to modernize the country, abolish feudalism and slavery, and focus loyalty around the government rather than the church but failed to achieve this during his reign. His later years were marked with instability and cruelty. Why did he assume the name Tewodros upon taking the throne? More...
Today's Birthday

Gian Francesco Poggio Bracciolini (1380)

An Italian humanist and calligrapher, Poggio Bracciolini is remembered today for two reasons. As a secretary, historian, and copyist, he uncovered many forgotten and neglected Latin manuscripts—including works by Cicero and Lucretius—that might otherwise have been lost to history. He is also famous for his extraordinarily beautiful and legible handwriting, which was later developed into roman type, the predecessor of almost all non-italic fonts. Whose handwriting was the basis for italic fonts? More...
Quotation of the Day
Flowers...are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

lose the number of (one's) mess

obsolete military and naval To die or be killed. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes (2018)

The Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes commemorates the first of 18 appearances of the Virgin Mary to a 14-year-old French peasant girl, Bernadette Soubirous. The young girl's visions occurred between February 11 and July 16, 1858, near the town of Lourdes. The Virgin led her to a nearby grotto, and the miraculous spring that appeared there has been associated ever since with the power to heal. Some five million people a year make the pilgrimage to Lourdes, making it one of the world's major pilgrimage sites. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: silent

tacit - One of its early meanings was "wordless, noiseless," from Latin tacere, "be silent." More...

reticent - Based on Latin tacere, combined with re-, an intensive prefix. More...

silent - From Latin silere, "be silent." More...

mumchance - To be mumchance is to be dumbstruck and silent. More...

In the News

How to Raise a Creative Child. Step One: Back Off

They learn to read at age 2, play Bach at 4, breeze through calculus at 6, and speak foreign languages fluently by 8. Their classmates shudder with envy; their parents rejoice at winning the lottery. But to paraphrase T. S. Eliot, their careers tend to ... More...
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