Today's Highlights

Word of the Day

gaberdine

Definition:(noun) A loose coverall (coat or frock) reaching down to the ankles.
Synonyms:dust coat, smock, duster
Usage: He was an unshaven little man in a threadbare coat like a gaberdine, with his feet in slippers, and I thought him a harmless fool.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Adding Verb Phrases to a Sentence

Verb phrases add additional information to a sentence. Because verb phrases can be made up of more than one verb, as well as the information relating to those verbs, we can add quite a bit of information into a single sentence. This additional information is used to answer what questions? More...
Article of the Day

The Fabergé Eggs

The Fabergé eggs were 50 jeweled "Easter eggs" created for the Russian tsars by famed jeweler Peter Carl Fabergé between 1885 and 1917. Tsar Alexander III commissioned the first egg as an Easter surprise for his wife, Maria Fedorovna. The tsarina was so delighted with the gift that Alexander established Fabergé as the Imperial Goldsmith and requested an egg each year thereafter, stipulating only that it contain a surprise. Nicholas II continued the tradition. Where are the eggs today? More...
This Day in History

Jimi Hendrix Headlines Woodstock (1969)

Although a number of the world's most popular musicians were invited to perform at the Woodstock Music and Art Fair in 1969—including The Who, the Grateful Dead, and Janis Joplin—Jimi Hendrix was considered the main attraction. He was originally scheduled to perform last on Sunday night but did not end up taking the stage until Monday morning. Despite having gone without sleep for days, he went onstage and delivered a historic performance that featured his controversial rendition of what song? More...
Today's Birthday

Alain Robbe-Grillet (1922)

Robbe-Grillet, a French novelist and filmmaker, is considered the originator of the nouveau roman, or "new novel." This genre, also called the antinovel, dispenses with conventional notions of plot, character, style, theme, psychology, chronology, and message. In Robbe-Grillet's The Erasers, for example, a detective searches for the killer in a murder that has not yet occurred, only to discover that he will be the murderer. The novel is based on what legend from ancient Greece? More...
Quotation of the Day
Loyalty to petrified opinions never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul in this world--and never will.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

a lick with the rough side of the tongue

Severe criticism and/or a stern reprimand. More...
Today's Holiday

Mount Hagen Cultural Show (2022)

This gathering in Papua New Guinea, known as a sing-sing, provides an opportunity for outsiders to experience the ceremonial drumming, dancing, and other displays of tribal culture of hundreds of Western Highland clans. Performers wear their traditional tribal garb, often with body paint and an elaborate headdress made of feathers. The annual Mount Hagen show, staged more for tourists than for the locals, includes a competition that encourages decorative costumes and wild dancing to the accompaniment of nonstop drumming. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: tame

daunt - Comes from Latin domare, meaning "to tame." More...

amenage - To amenage something is to domesticate or tame it. More...

cicurate - To tame or domesticate, render mild or harmless. More...

dompt - "To tame or subdue; daunt." More...

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