Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, March 24, 2019)
Word of the Day

arrant

Definition:(adjective) Utter; out-and-out.
Synonyms:double-dyed, sodding, thoroughgoing, unadulterated, staring, perfect, pure, everlasting, consummate, complete, stark, gross
Usage: That is the most arrant nonsense I have ever heard.
Daily Grammar Lesson

How Adverbial Nouns Modify Verbs

Adverbial nouns are nouns or noun phrases that function grammatically as adverbs to modify verbs and certain adjectives. They act as an adverb to modify the verb with an aspect of time, distance, weight, age, or monetary value. What is the adverbial noun in the following sentence? "I am leaving tomorrow." More...
Article of the Day

Snake Charming

Most common in South Asia and North Africa, snake charming is the practice of "charming" snakes through music and rhythmic body movements. Street performers set up in front of audiences and use different methods to draw out their snakes—often venomous varieties such as cobras—which sometimes appear to move along with the music. A typical performance may also include handling the snakes or performing other seemingly dangerous acts. Why is snake charming becoming increasingly rare in India? More...
This Day in History

Archbishop Óscar Romero Assassinated in San Salvador (1980)

As the archbishop of San Salvador during El Salvador's civil war, Romero won international acclaim by speaking out against social injustices, such as human rights abuses and assassinations perpetrated by the Salvadoran government. Just one day after Romero publicly exhorted Salvadoran soldiers to obey God instead of their corrupt government, he was shot to death while celebrating Mass. What unprecedented confession did the president of El Salvador make on the 30th anniversary of Romero's death? More...
Today's Birthday

Olive Schreiner (1855)

Schreiner was a South African author and feminist. Though she had no formal education, she read widely and developed a keen intellect and militantly feminist and liberal views. In 1883, she published her famed semiautobiographical novel, The Story of an African Farm, about a girl who lives on an isolated farm and struggles to attain independence in the face of rigid Boer social conventions. Under what pseudonym did Schreiner publish this text, arguably the first great South African novel? More...
Quotation of the Day
When the sword is once drawn, the passions of men observe no bounds of moderation.

Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804)

Idiom of the Day

let (the) perfect be the enemy of (the) good

To allow the demand, desire, or insistence for perfection to decrease the chances of obtaining a good or favorable result in the end. (Usually used in the negative as an imperative.) More...
Today's Holiday

Argentina National Day of Memory for Truth and Justice (2021)

This is a public holiday in Argentina that commemorates all those who lost their lives or otherwise suffered under the National Reorganization Process, a military dictatorship that seized power in Argentina on March 24, 1976. The junta held power for eight years, and in that time, at least 30,000 citizens were kidnapped, tortured, and executed for their political views. Around the country, art exhibitions, poetry readings, prayer services, and other cultural events are dedicated to remembering the events of March 24 and its aftermath. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: melancholy

elegiac - Can mean "melancholy, mournful." More...

brown study - Gloomy meditation or melancholy is known as being in a brown study. More...

hypochondria - First referred to the upper abdomen and the organs under the ribs (liver, gall bladder, spleen)—thought to be the source of melancholy. More...

tristful - Means "full of melancholy or sadness." More...

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