Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, April 25, 2017)
Word of the Day

walloping

Definition:(noun) A sound thrashing or defeat.
Synonyms:debacle, drubbing, thrashing, trouncing, whipping, slaughter
Usage: The tournament was an embarrassment, with our team receiving a thorough walloping from the opponent.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Speech

Grammatical speech refers to how we report something another person said. Depending on how we do this, we sometimes have to inflect the verbs that we use. Speech is usually divided between what two types? More...
Article of the Day

The Horae

The Horae, whose name literally means the "Hours," are three goddesses in Greek mythology who are said to control orderly life. Traditionally, there are thought to be two generations, or sets, of Horae: Thallo, Auxo, and Carpo—the goddesses of spring, summer, and autumn—and Eunomia, Dike, and Eirene, charged with maintaining the stability of society. In addition, there are the 12 tutelary goddesses also called hours, each of which presides over an hour of the day. Who parented the Horae? More...
This Day in History

La Marseillaise, French National Anthem, Is Composed (1792)

Written and composed by French army officer Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle in 1792, La Marseillaise was adopted in 1795 as France's first anthem. Although it was then banned by Napoleon I, Louis XVIII, and Napoleon III, it was restored as France's national anthem in 1879. The evocative lyrics and recognizable tune of La Marseillaise have led to its use as a revolutionary anthem and have inspired many pieces of classical music and pop culture. What are some examples? More...
Today's Birthday

Ella Fitzgerald (1917)

After winning an amateur contest at Harlem's Apollo Theater in 1934, Fitzgerald started singing with Chick Webb's big band and soon became its star. She recorded her first hit, "A Tisket-A Tasket," in 1938 and went on to become one of the best-selling vocal recording artists in history and a 14-time Grammy Award winner. In 1960, she made a famous live recording in which she improvised new lyrics to a song after forgetting the original ones. The performance earned her a Grammy. What song was it? More...
Quotation of the Day
Friendships begin with liking or gratitude — roots that can be pulled up.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

country bumpkin

Someone from a rural area who is therefore not versed in city life or its social norms. More...
Today's Holiday

Founding of the People's Army of North Korea (2019)

The founding of the People's Army of North Korea in 1932 is marked every year with a national public holiday. The main celebration takes place in the capital city of Pyongyang and includes oratorical meetings, where various officials praise the army's exploits. Public displays can also include parades, gun-salutes, fireworks, choruses, dance displays, and drum-beating. While many sources list February 8, 1948, as the army's official start-date, the North Korean government observes 1932 as the date of the army's founding. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: reckoning

dead reckoning - A calculation based on guesswork. More...

logarithm - From Greek logos, "reckoning, ratio," and arithmos, "number." More...

ratio - From Latin, literally, "reckoning." More...

scotfree - From Scandinavian for "a payment or reckoning," plus "free." More...

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