Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, March 13, 2018)
Word of the Day

raillery

Definition:(noun) Light teasing repartee.
Synonyms:backchat, banter, give-and-take
Usage: Excitement instantly seized the whole party: a running fire of raillery and jests was proceeding when Sam returned.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Pre-Determiners

Pre-determiners are words that come before another determiner to give us more information about the noun that follows. They usually come before the articles "a," "an," and "the." What are three categories of pre-determiners? More...
Article of the Day

Morris Dancing

The morris dance is an English folk dance that emerged in the 15th century and is closely associated with festivals like those of May Day and Whitsunday. It is performed by sides, or teams, of dancers often dressed in white and adorned with bells. In addition to executing the dance's intricate footwork, which varies from region to region, performers hold and wave items like handkerchiefs, swords, and sticks. How did the morris dance get its name? More...
This Day in History

William Herschel Discovers Uranus (1781)

For many years, astronomers mistakenly believed that the planet Uranus, which is sometimes visible to the naked eye, was a star. Herschel, a German-born English astronomer, originally believed that it was a comet. It soon proved to be, indeed, a verifiable planet—the first to be discovered in modern times with the aid of a telescope. The planet was only named Uranus—for the Greek personification of heaven—after the original name of Herschel's choosing proved unpopular. What was it? More...
Today's Birthday

Daniel Lambert (1770)

Lambert is famous for having been recognized, in his own time, as the fattest man in England. An active and athletic youth, he began his dramatic weight gain after taking over his father's job as keeper of a prison in Leicester. Though he initially led a quiet life and was well liked by his prisoners, he eventually—and reluctantly—went on tour. By then, he weighed more than 700 pounds (318 kg), and spectators paid a shilling each to see him. What complication arose when he died at Stamford? More...
Quotation of the Day
Behold, the fool saith, "Put not all thine eggs in the one basket"—which is but a manner of saying, "Scatter your money and your attention"; but the wise man saith, "Put all your eggs in the one basket and—watch that basket!"

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

make heavy going of (something)

To make something harder or more laborious to do, especially more than is usual or necessary. More...
Today's Holiday

Kasuga Matsuri (2018)

The Kasuga Shrine in Nara is one of the most beautiful and ancient in Japan. Every year on March 13, a festival is held there with elaborate ceremonies and performances that recall the shrine's heyday. The hiki-uma horse ceremony, where a sacred horse is led in procession through the streets, and the elegant Yamato-mai dance performed by Shinto women are reminiscent of the culture and customs of the Nara and Heian Eras. Construction of the Kasuga Shrine was started during the Nara period (710-784) and was completed in the first years of the Heian period (794-1185). More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: mail

post road - One with a series of post-houses or stations for post-horses; a road on which mail was carried. More...

nixie - Any piece of mail that is unable to be forwarded because it is illegibly or incorrectly addressed. More...

post - Latin posita, "placed," gave us Italian posta, "station on a road," and became French poste, "a station for mail"—from the series of stations that fast horsemen traversed to deliver messages, giving us post, as in "mail system." More...

blackmail - The "mail" in blackmail is Scottish for "tax, tribute," referring to the tribute demanded by rebel chiefs in return for their protection. More...

In the News

What scientists found trapped in a diamond: a type of ice not known on Earth

Trapped in the rigid structure of diamonds formed deep in the Earth's crust, scientists have discovered a form of water ice that was not previously known to occur naturally on ... More...
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