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

Negative Imperatives

When we make an imperative sentence, we use the infinitive form of the verb (without "to"), and we omit the subject of the verb. What can we put before the infinitive verb to make an imperative statement negative? 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

Elias Howe Patents a Precursor to the Zipper (1851)

Five years after being granted a patent for the first practical sewing machine, Howe patented his design for a zipper-like garment fastener. However, he never put much effort into marketing this invention, perhaps due to the great success of his sewing machine, and today, credit for the zipper's development is largely given to Whitcomb Judson, who demonstrated his innovative slide-fastener design 42 years later at the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893. How did the zipper get its name? More...
Today's Birthday

Carry Nation (1846)

Nation was an American temperance advocate with an unorthodox style of destroying saloons with a hatchet while supporters sang hymns. Her passion was likely fueled by her first husband's alcoholism. Though she was successful in focusing public attention on the cause of prohibition, most temperance organizations were hesitant to support her. At 6 feet (1.8 m) tall, Nation was hard to contain and was arrested 30 times before declining health forced her retirement. How did she pay her fines? 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

on in years

Advanced in age; old or becoming old. More...
Today's Holiday

Manger Yam (2021)

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: witch

troll - Originally a witch or sorceress. More...

fly-by-night - Said to be an old term of reproach to a woman signifying that she was a witch, and was extended to "anyone who departs hastily from a recent activity," especially while owing money. More...

hag - First meant "witch." More...

witch - In Old English, it was actually wicca and originally (c. 890) was a man who practiced magic or sorcery, who we now call a wizard; by the year 1000, witch came to be defined as "a female magician or sorceress." More...

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