Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, September 12, 2012)
Word of the Day

roly-poly

Definition:(adjective) Short and plump.
Synonyms:pudgy, tubby, dumpy
Usage: He went about in fear and trembling of the fat roly-poly puppy who was unafraid of his snarl.
Article of the Day

Alexander Chavchavadze

Born in 1786, Chavchavadze was a Georgian poet, military leader, and aristocrat who was an immensely influential figure in Georgian literature. Despite his military service to the Russian empire, Chavchavadze was a Georgian nationalist who wrote nostalgic poems about his homeland. He supported an 1832 plot aimed at organizing an uprising against the Russian authority in Georgia. When it failed, he was exiled, but he was later pardoned. What unfortunate accident brought about his untimely demise? More...
This Day in History

Elizabeth Barrett Elopes with Robert Browning (1846)

Elizabeth Barrett's Poems, published in 1844, brought her immediate fame and became a favorite of the poet Robert Browning. The two began to correspond, fell in love, and, after a courtship kept secret from her tyrannical father, married and settled in Italy. The once frail and sickly Elizabeth grew stronger and, at age 43, gave birth to a son. Her poetic reputation rests chiefly on the love poems written during their courtship, Sonnets from the Portuguese. Who is "the Portuguese"? More...
Today's Birthday

Alfred A. Knopf (1892)

Knopf was a leading American publisher of the 20th century who founded Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., in 1915. He emphasized translations of great contemporary European literature, at that time neglected by American publishers, and paid special attention to the printing, binding, and design of his books, earning a reputation as a purist in both content and presentation. By the time of his death, authors published by the firm had won 16 Nobel and 27 Pulitzer prizes. What was his colophon? More...
Quotation of the Day
Custom may lead a man into many errors; but it justifies none.

Henry Fielding (1707-1754)

Idiom of the Day

hard on the eyes

Unattractive; ugly. More...
Today's Holiday

Festival of St. Nichiren's Pardon

At the Botamochi Temple in Kamakura, Japan, this festival honors St. Nichiren (1222-1282), considered to be Japan's most fervent Buddhist priest. He was exiled to the island of Sado in the Sea of Japan in 1271. After four years there, he returned and spent the rest of his life on Mount Minobu. The Festival of Nichiren's Pardon is observed by members of the Nichiren sect with massive demonstrations and the loud chanting of prayers attributed to Nichiren, accompanied by the beating of drums. People make offerings of botamochi, rice balls covered with sweet bean paste, in his honor. More...
In the News

Where Is China's Xi Jinping?

Although Xi Jinping is expected to take over as China's top leader in a matter of weeks, he has not been seen for 11 days. Xi's absence from the public spotlight, during which his meetings with foreign leaders have been cancelled, has fueled speculation about his whereabouts and health. Some have reported that Xi injured his back while swimming, but party officials have not offered more details about what may be ailing the leader. Xi is expected to replace Chinese President Hu Jintao as general secretary of the Communist Party during the upcoming National Congress. More...
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