Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, July 29, 2019)
Word of the Day

obstinacy

Definition:(noun) The trait of being difficult to handle or overcome.
Synonyms:mulishness, stubbornness
Usage: If any tribe shall refuse to recognize the authority of the French, by bowing down to the laced chapeau of Mowanna, let them abide the consequences of their obstinacy.
Daily Grammar Lesson

"Wh-" Questions

"Wh-" questions (or "question word questions") are questions that seek information by posing a question with a "wh-" question word ("who," "what," "where," "when," "why," and "how"). What kind of answer do these questions seek? More...
Article of the Day

Josephus

Josephus was a Jewish historian and soldier whose historical works are among the most valuable sources for the study of early Judaism and early Christianity. At the beginning of the war between the Romans and Jews, he was made commander of Galilee. After surrendering to the Romans, he won the favor of the Roman general Vespasian and lived in Rome under imperial patronage, where he wrote his Greek-language historical works. Why is his surrender to the Romans still controversial? More...
This Day in History

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Established (1958)

NASA is an agency of the US government charged with aeronautics research and the nation's civilian space program. During its history, it has been responsible for manned trips to the Moon, orbiting observatories, and unmanned programs that explored other planets and interplanetary space. Today, its goals include improving human understanding of the universe and establishing a permanent human presence in space. NASA was created by an act of Congress passed largely in response to what 1957 event? More...
Today's Birthday

Alexis de Tocqueville (1805)

Tocqueville was a French political scientist, historian, and politician. Born into an aristocratic family with ties to the king, his future in government was jeopardized by a revolution in 1830. To distance himself from the trying political situation at home, he embarked on a government-sanctioned mission to the US. Out of it came his best-known work, Democracy in America—the first analytical study of the strengths and weaknesses of US society. What conclusions did Tocqueville draw in it? More...
Quotation of the Day
As for jest, there be certain things which ought to be privileged from it—namely, religion, matters of state, great persons, any man's present business of importance, and any case that deserveth pity.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

bad omen

A sign, either real or imagined, of ill fortune or catastrophe in the future. More...
Today's Holiday

Fête des Vignerons (2019)

Held only five times during each of the 19th and 20th centuries in Vevey, Switzerland, the Fête des Vignerons is a pageant of music, dance, and song depicting the passage of the seasons in winegrowing country and honoring the most talented workers in the vineyards. It lasts more than two weeks and has a cast of thousands, drawn from the local population. The pageant takes place in an open-air theater, specially constructed each time the festival is held, with Lake Geneva and the mountains beyond as a backdrop. The festival was last held in 1999. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: leaving

drawing room - A shortening of withdrawing room, the room to which the ladies withdrew, leaving the men to smoking and drinking. More...

egression - The action of going out or leaving a place. More...

bequeath - Etymologically, what you bequeath is what you "say" you will leave someone in your will—but the original sense "say, utter" died out, leaving the legal sense. More...

exclaustration - Being expelled from or leaving a religious retreat; it is also the return to secular life by someone who has been released from their religious vows. More...

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