Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, April 16, 2020)
Word of the Day

short-lived

Definition:(adjective) Lasting a very short time.
Synonyms:ephemeral, fugacious, passing, transitory, transient
Usage: Any hope that the speech would end the war was short-lived, as fighting resumed within hours.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Adverbs of Manner and Adjectives

Adverbs of manner can also be used to describe adjectives, giving them an extra depth or dimension of character. Where must an adverb of manner be positioned in relation to the adjective it modifies? More...
Article of the Day

Lorem Ipsum

Lorem ipsum is the nonsensical Latin text that publishers and graphic designers commonly use to demonstrate typeface or page layout. Because it has no meaning—even in Latin—it does not draw attention away from a page's overall presentation. The traditional version, a scrambled passage derived from Cicero, has been used since the 1960s, and possibly centuries before. Some versions include extra letters that were uncommon in Latin, such as z and k. What did the original text mean? More...
This Day in History

Harriet Quimby Flies over English Channel (1912)

In 1911, Harriet Quimby earned the first pilot's license issued to a woman in the United States. Less than a year later, Quimby became the first woman to fly across the English Channel. She continued piloting aircrafts until her tragic death in 1912, when she was tossed from her airplane after it unexpectedly pitched forward. Despite the importance of her flight over the English Channel, the feat barely made the newspapers at the time because it was eclipsed by what major event? More...
Today's Birthday

Charlie Chaplin (1889)

Chaplin was one of the most creative personalities in the silent film era: he acted in, directed, scripted, produced, and eventually scored his own films. Merging physical grace and disrespect for authority, he created a signature character, the Little Tramp, who wore a gentlemen's derby, carried a cane, and sported a toothbrush mustache. The Little Tramp's baggy trousers and oversized shoes contributed to his unique, bow-legged dance-walk. How did Chaplin's political leanings affect his career? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is so much in the world for us all if we only have the eyes to see it, and the heart to love it, and the hand to gather it to ourselves.

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942)

Idiom of the Day

clutch (one's)/the pearls

To react in a scandalized or mortified manner to once-salacious but now relatively common things, events, situations, etc. More...
Today's Holiday

Emancipation Day (Washington, D.C.) (2022)

In Washington, DC, April 16th is celebrated as Emancipation Day, commemorating the day in 1862 when President Abraham Lincoln signed into law the District of Columbia Emancipation Act, nine months prior to the Emancipation Proclamation. More than 3,000 slaves were freed under this agreement. Since 2005, the date has been a legal holiday in the District. Events are scheduled throughout the preceding week, and the observance culminates on the 16th in a day of festivities and entertainment, beginning with a parade down Pennsylvania Avenue in the morning. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: raisin

currant - Developed from Middle English raison of Corauntz, "a raisin of Corinth," from where the fruit came. More...

figgy pudding - From the dialect term fig, which meant "raisin." More...

frail - Fifty pounds of raisins. More...

passulate - To dry grapes to make raisins, from Latin passula, "raisins." More...

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