Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, December 12, 2019)
Word of the Day

large-minded

Definition:(adjective) Marked by breadth or tolerance of views; broad-minded.
Synonyms:liberal, tolerant
Usage: My plan must have seemed very foolish to her, but she was often large-minded about humoring the desires of other people.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Interrogative Sentences

An interrogative sentence is simply a sentence that asks a question—that is, we use it when we interrogate someone for information. When we make sentences into questions, we almost always use auxiliary verbs that are inverted with the subject. What is this known as? More...
Article of the Day

The Ormulum

Written in about 1180 by an Augustinian canon of Lincolnshire named Ormin, the Ormulum is a collection of homilies on the Gospels consisting of almost 19,000 lines of Middle English verse. Because Ormin uses his own system of spelling to indicate the proper pronunciation of his words, the Ormulum is invaluable to philologists studying Middle English phonology and tracing the development of English through the Norman conquests. Who is Walter, mentioned in the work’s dedication? More...
This Day in History

Kenya Gains Independence from the United Kingdom (1963)

European settlers began establishing themselves as large-scale farmers in the Kenyan highlands in 1903, taking lands from local tribes like the Kikuyu and Masai. In 1920, the British designated the interior of the region Kenya Colony and a coastal strip the Protectorate of Kenya. Africans began protesting their inferior status, and the Kikuyu staged an armed revolt in the 1950s. Britain eventually put down the rebellion, but Kenya gained its independence soon after. Who was its first president? More...
Today's Birthday

Edvard Munch (1863)

Best known as the painter of The Scream, Munch was a Norwegian artist and an important forerunner of expressionistic art. His early life was marked by the deaths of his mother and favorite sister, and he said about his father: "From him I inherited the seeds of madness." Aestheticizing his trauma, Munch visually explored primal themes like death, sex, and fear. Reaction to his stark and sometimes fearsome images caused his first major exhibition to be closed. How did he feel about this? More...
Quotation of the Day
I've always believed in writing without a collaborator, because where two people are writing the same book, each believes he gets all the worry and only half the royalties.

Agatha Christie (1890-1976)

Idiom of the Day

anonymous tip

Information about something (typically criminal or illegal activity) that is offered by an anonymous source. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Spyridon Day (2019)

St. Spyridon is the patron saint of Corfu, Zakynthos, and Kephalonia, located off the western coast of Greece. He supposedly attended the Nicene Council (325) and defended the Apostolic faith against the Arians. After his death, his relics were brought from Cyprus to Constantinople and then to Corfu in 1456. Every year a sacred relic of the saint, dressed in costly vestments, is carried through the streets on his feast day. Colorful folk festivities complete the day-long celebration. This day is celebrated on December 14 in the Roman Catholic Church. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: shoes

pumps - The shoes are so named for the sound they make. More...

revamp - Originally referred to shoes—vamp being the covering of the instep. More...

Brannock device - The device used to measure feet for shoes. More...

be down on your uppers - To be down on your uppers (referring to shoes) is to be scuffing along, in poor circumstances. More...

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