Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, October 8, 2019)
Word of the Day

horologist

Definition:(noun) Someone who makes or repairs watches.
Synonyms:watchmaker
Usage: My neighbor, Paula, is an amateur horologist, so she may be able to figure out why your watch has stopped.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Perfective vs. Imperfective Aspect

Aspect is a grammatical term that has to do with how an action, state of being, or event unfolds in relation to time. The greatest distinction is made between the perfective aspect, which focuses on actions and events as whole elements, and the imperfective aspect, which does what? More...
Article of the Day

White Elephants

A "white elephant" is an expensive possession that is a financial burden to maintain. The expression derives from Southeast Asian monarchs' practice of making gifts of rare albino elephants, which, although sacred in South Asia and a sign of the ruler’s favor, were very expensive to keep and could not be sold or used for work. White elephants were thus both a blessing and a curse. According to tradition, what role did a white elephant play in the birth of the Buddha? More...
This Day in History

San Marino Adopts Its Constitution (1600)

Occupying just 24 sq mi (62 sq km), San Marino is the world's smallest republic and, having enacted a constitution in 1600, perhaps Europe's oldest existing republic. According to tradition, St. Marinus, a Christian stonecutter, took refuge in the 4th century on Mount Titano, and the community of San Marino was soon formed. Because of its relatively inaccessible location, it has since maintained its independence with only a few brief interruptions. Who did San Marino harbor during WWII? More...
Today's Birthday

Harriet Taylor Mill (1807)

Harriet Taylor Mill was a philosopher and women's rights advocate who is largely remembered for the influence she had on her second husband, John Stuart Mill, one of the preeminent thinkers of the 19th century. The two met while Harriet was still married. Two years after her first husband died, Harriet and John married following a 20-year friendship. She read and commented on all of his material, and he considered her an equal collaborator. What essays did Harriet write during their marriage? More...
Quotation of the Day
The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Idiom of the Day

dealbreaker

A specific issue or thing that will cause an agreement, deal, or relationship to fail or be terminated. More...
Today's Holiday

Cranberry Day Festival (2019)

Wampanoag Indians on Martha's Vineyard and Cape Cod, Massachusetts, celebrate Cranberry Day, their most significant annual holiday, on the second Tuesday in October. In earlier times this festival lasted several days as people harvested the cranberries and used them in festive dishes. These days, children get the day off from school to join the day's activities, which include picking cranberries, a lunchtime bonfire during which stories of previous Cranberry Days and other community legends are told, and a celebration in the evening with dancing, singing, and a huge potluck meal. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: months

fetus - A human embryo starts to be called a fetus at nine weeks. More...

Catholic twins - Siblings born within 12 months of each other. More...

half-birthday - One's half-birthday is the day exactly six months before or after one's real birth date. More...

semester - First meant six months, as it comes from Latin semestris, "of six months." More...

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