Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, November 25, 2019)
Word of the Day

repast

Definition:(noun) The food served and eaten at one time.
Synonyms:meal
Usage: Numerous exquisite dishes ... were placed successively before the guests, and the richest wines of France flowed in profusion during this splendid repast.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Definite and Indefinite Articles

The definite article "the" is used to identify a specific person, place, or thing. What are the indefinite articles "a" and "an" used to identify? More...
Article of the Day

The Gibbet

A gibbet is a wooden structure resembling a gallows, from which the bodies of executed criminals were formerly hung for public view. Most popular in the 17th century, the gibbet was generally reserved for the worst offenders—traitors, murderers, highwaymen, pirates—and was intended to discourage others from committing similar crimes. The practice was formally abolished in England in 1834 but may have remained in use elsewhere into the 20th century. What infamous pirate was gibbeted? More...
This Day in History

The White Ship Sinks, Drowning the Son of Henry I of England (1120)

In 1120, an English vessel known as the White Ship sank in the English Channel on its way from Normandy to England, killing hundreds of passengers. Among those who drowned was William, the only legitimate son of King Henry I. Henry's second marriage was childless, and the latter years of his reign were marked by his attempts to secure the succession for his daughter Matilda. William's death in 1135 led to a disputed succession and civil war between Matilda and whom? More...
Today's Birthday

Ricardo Montalbán (1920)

Montalbán was a Mexican television, stage, and film actor. Perhaps best known as the star of the television series Fantasy Island, he had many notable roles throughout his career, including the villain Khan in the 1982 film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. His career spanned seven decades, and he continued to perform into his 80s, often providing voices for animated films and commercials. In the 1970s, Montalbán founded the Nosotros organization. What is its mission? More...
Quotation of the Day
The emotions of man are stirred more quickly than man's intelligence...Accordingly, with admirable, though misdirected intentions, they very seriously and very sentimentally set themselves to the task of remedying the evils that they see.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

above the salt

Of or in a position of high standing, rank, regard, or repute. The term is derived from the social hierarchy of nobility in medieval times, in which salt, a precious commodity then, was set in the middle of the dining table. Those of high noble rank were seated "above the salt," that is, closer to the lord and lady of the house, while those in lower social standing were seated "below" it. More...
Today's Holiday

Manger Yam (2019)

Manger Yam is a harvest celebration of the yam crop observed in Haiti. It is considered taboo to eat any of the new yams before the festival for fear of falling ill or bringing ruin to the yam crop. In Vodoun belief, it is very important for people to maintain relationships with the dead, as well as with each other and the gods, so the deceased are included in the Manger Yam. In the Vodoun service, the priest or priestess leads prayers to the dead and to the gods and offers the first yams to them. After the ceremony, people feast on yam dishes and enjoy music and dancing. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: pottery

craze - First a crack or flaw; to craze is to produce minute cracks on the surface of pottery. More...

fictile - An adjective meaning "pertaining to pottery" or "suitable for making pottery." More...

ceramic, earthenware - Pottery made from clay is called ceramic or earthenware. More...

slip - As in pottery, it derives from Norwegian slip/slipa, "slime on fish." More...

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