Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, February 7, 2020)
Word of the Day

foment

Definition:(verb) Try to stir up public opinion.
Synonyms:agitate, stir up
Usage: They accused him of trying to foment a revolution and threw him in jail for treason.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Function of Reciprocal Pronouns

Reciprocal pronouns are used to refer to two or more people who are or were the subject of the same verb, with both or all parties mutually receiving or benefiting from that action in the same way. How do reciprocal pronouns always function in a sentence? More...
Article of the Day

Vestal Virgins

The Vestal Virgins were a revered and privileged group of Roman priestesses. They maintained the sacred fire of Vesta, the goddess of the hearth, collected water from a sacred spring, and cared for sacred objects in the temple's sanctuary. The six priestesses were selected as children for 30 years of service, during which time they had to remain virgins. Their well-being and chastity were considered essential to the security of Rome. What was done to a Vestal who broke her vow of chastity? More...
This Day in History

The New Madrid Earthquake (1812)

One of the largest earthquakes ever to strike the US—and possibly one of the strongest earthquakes in human history—the New Madrid earthquake is said to have made the Mississippi River run backwards, permanently changing its course and redefining state boundaries. Though it struck a sparsely populated area near modern-day New Madrid, Missouri, the quake was felt across the country, ringing church bells as far away as Boston, Massachusetts. What large lake did it create in Tennessee? More...
Today's Birthday

Anna of Russia (1693)

When the young Peter II of Russia died without an heir, the Supreme Privy Council offered the throne to his distant cousin, Anna, under the condition that she would place the real power in the council's hands. She initially agreed, but then tore up the conditions, abolished the council, and restored the autocracy. She occupied herself with extravagant amusements and relied on her lover and foreign advisors to manage the state. What happened to the infant grandnephew she named as her successor? More...
Quotation of the Day
Friendless, adj.: Having no favors to bestow. Destitute of fortune. Addicted to utterance of truth and common sense.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

know full well

To know or be aware of something without any possible doubt. More...
Today's Holiday

Grenada Independence Day (2021)

This is a national holiday commemorating Grenada's independence from Britain on this day in 1974. Britain had held the island since the 18th century, when France ceded it under the Treaty of Paris. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: herd

cutting horse - One trained to cut cattle out of a herd. More...

pointer, point man - A pointer or point man was first a cowboy riding at the front of a herd of cattle. More...

egregious - First meant "remarkably good" and "standing out or apart from the flock or herd; eminent"; its later derogatory sense is probably an ironical use. More...

herd - As a verb, it first meant "keep safe, shelter." More...

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