Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, January 14, 2020)
Word of the Day

so-called

Definition:(adjective) Doubtful or suspect.
Synonyms:alleged, supposed
Usage: The so-called master detective tripped over the murder weapon just as he was declaring the case insolvable.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Cumulative Adjectives

When multiple adjectives are used in a sentence, they are sometimes separated by commas. What are "cumulative adjectives," and why aren't they separated by commas? More...
Article of the Day

The Angora Rabbit

A popular pet of 18th-century French royalty, the Angora rabbit is a striking-looking variety of domestic rabbit that resembles a large, fluffy snowball. Its long, silky wool is valued for its softness and fluffiness and is often used in knit apparel like sweaters. It is important that these rabbits are regularly groomed and have their wool harvested; otherwise their coats can become matted or be ingested by the animal and cause digestive problems. How big can Angora rabbits get? More...
This Day in History

Felice Orsini Attempts to Assassinate French Emperor Napoleon III (1858)

Orsini was an Italian revolutionary in the movement for Italian unification. In 1858, he made an attempt on the life of Napoleon III, whom he held responsible for the failure of the Italian revolutions of 1848 to 1849. Although ably defended by French statesman Jules Favre, Orsini was executed. His act, designed to arouse world interest in the Italian cause, paradoxically influenced Napoleon's own decision to intervene in favor of Italian unification. How did Orsini try to kill Napoleon? More...
Today's Birthday

John Dos Passos (1896)

Dos Passos was an American writer whose World War I service as an ambulance driver and later work as a journalist led him to see the US as "two nations"—one for the rich and one for the poor. An artist to boot, he created many of the illustrations and covers for his books. His reputation as a social historian, radical critic of American life, and major novelist of the postwar "Lost Generation" rests primarily on his powerful U.S.A. trilogy, which includes what three novels? More...
Quotation of the Day
Affection is the broadest basis of good in life.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

grease payment

A sum of money, typically a bribe, paid to a government official or business person so as to facilitate or expedite some decision or transaction. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of the Ass (2020)

This festival recalling the flight of the Holy Family (Jesus, Mary, and Joseph) into Egypt to escape King Herod reached its peak during the Middle Ages in France. It was customary to have a girl carrying a baby and riding an elaborately decorated ass led through the streets to the church. But the celebration gradually took on comic overtones, with the priest and congregation imitating the braying of an ass during the service and the ass itself being led into the church. By the 15th century the feast was nothing more than an occasion for laughter and was suppressed by the Church. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: lamb

lamb - In Gothic times, lamb was used for "adult sheep" as well as "baby sheep." More...

rack of lamb - A roast of the rib section of lamb. More...

shepherd's pie - Got its name from the meat it originally contained—lamb or mutton. More...

white meat - The pale meat of poultry, rabbit, or veal; red meat is from beef or lamb. More...

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