Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, January 6, 2018)
Word of the Day

yammer

Definition:(verb) To complain peevishly or whimperingly.
Synonyms:grizzle, yawp, whine
Usage: I refused to do my chores, electing instead to yammer and whine about the injustices of life.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining the Ellipsis

An ellipsis is a series of three consecutive periods known as "ellipsis points" ( . . . ). What is the ellipsis used to indicate? More...
Article of the Day

Ancestor Worship

Ancestor worship is a religious practice based on the belief that deceased relatives have a continued existence and possess the ability to influence the fortune of the living. Practiced throughout the world since ancient times, it remains an important component of various religious practices today. In some cultures, the tradition may be more accurately described as ancestor veneration, as it seeks to honor dead relatives' deeds and memories. What are some methods used to worship one's ancestors? More...
This Day in History

US President-Elect Survives Train Wreck, Loses Son (1853)

Just months before he was inaugurated as the 14th US president, Franklin Pierce, his wife, and his 11-year-old son were in a terrible train wreck in which their car derailed and rolled down an embankment. Pierce and his wife survived but saw their son crushed to death. He was their third child, and the only one to have lived past early childhood. The suddenly childless parents were devastated, and Pierce entered the presidency in mourning. To what did Pierce's wife attribute the train accident? More...
Today's Birthday

Sarah Trimmer (1741)

Trimmer was a British writer and critic of children's literature. Books written specifically for children had only become popular around 1730, and Trimmer helped to define the genre through her periodical The Guardian of Education. Her interest in education came from teaching her 12 children. Devoutly religious, she wrote her own scripture lessons, condemned fairy tales, and supported Sunday schools. What famous children's author might have been influenced by Trimmer's work? More...
Quotation of the Day
I must be myself. I cannot break myself any longer for you, or you. If you can love me for what I am, we shall be the happier. If you cannot, I will still seek to deserve that you should.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

odds and sods

An assortment of small, miscellaneous items, especially those that are not especially important or valuable. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. More...
Today's Holiday

Haxey Hood Game (2022)

This tradition in Haxey, Lincolnshire, England, can be traced back more than 600 years, when Lady Mowbray, whose husband owned a large portion of Haxey, lost her hood to a gust of wind and 13 local men struggled gallantly to retrieve it. The game known as Throwing the Hood, which takes place on January 6 each year, involves a Lord (who acts as umpire), 13 Plough-Boggins, a Fool, and as many others as care to participate. The participants wrestle over a piece of leather stuffed with straw, coins, and other fillings. The winners carry it back to the village pub, where a victory celebration takes place. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: wandering

evagation - Means mental wandering or digression, also a digression in speech or writing. More...

mundivagant - Means "wandering around the world." More...

vagation - The action of wandering, straying, or departing from the proper or regular course. More...

wanderjahr - Literally German for "wander year," it refers to a year of wandering or travel. More...

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