Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, April 28, 2019)
Word of the Day

indispose

Definition:(verb) Make unwilling.
Synonyms:disincline
Usage: I did not wish to indispose him still further by an appearance of marked curiosity.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Demonstrative Pronouns

Demonstrative pronouns are pronouns used to replace nouns or noun phrases in a sentence, representing that which is nearby or far away in space or time. Because demonstrative pronouns are less specific than the nouns or noun phrases they replace, what must be used for clarity? More...
Article of the Day

Yurts

Known by different names in different cultures, yurts are circular, domed, portable tents consisting of a framework of poles covered with felt or skins. Used by Mongolian and Turkic nomads of East and Central Asia, these dwellings are designed to be repeatedly dismantled, transported, and rebuilt. Today, the yurt also serves as a nationalistic symbol for many Central Asian groups. What part of the yurt is passed down from father to son and is featured on the Kyrgyz flag and Kazakh coat of arms? More...
This Day in History

Charles de Gaulle Resigns as President of France (1969)

A celebrated general and statesman, de Gaulle was elected first president of France's Fifth Republic—a system of government with broad executive powers—in 1959. He helped write the constitution and pushed for direct popular election of the president. The mass civil unrest of May 1968 by students and workers almost toppled his government, and in 1969 de Gaulle was defeated in a referendum on constitutional amendments and resigned. He died just a year later. Whom did he bar from his funeral? More...
Today's Birthday

Nelle Harper Lee (1926)

The daughter of an Alabama lawyer, Lee studied law before publishing her first novel in 1960. To Kill a Mockingbird, the story of a white lawyer who defends a black man falsely accused of raping a white girl, immediately found national acclaim. It won a Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was adapted for film the next year, but Lee largely stayed out of the spotlight. What did she once write in response to a school board's decision to ban her novel? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best you very often get it.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

have the say

To have the ultimate authority to command, control, or make a decision. More...
Today's Holiday

Hocktide (2020)

Also known as Hock Days, the second Monday and Tuesday after Easter in England were in medieval times—and in Hungerford, Berkshire, till the present day—associated with collecting dues or rents and money for the church. Two "Tutti men" in top hats and morning coats (a "tutti" being a small bouquet of flowers) go from house to house carrying a "tutti pole" decorated with flowers and ribbons. There is also an orange scatterer who throws oranges to the men, old women, and children to keep them busy while the Tutti men go to houses demanding money. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: pleasant

amicable, amiable - Amicable implies being well disposed; amiable is acting well disposed and is commonly applied only to people—though sometimes it is used for occasions, while amicable is not applied to people at all but to human interactions and their outcomes. Amiable first meant "kind" or "lovely, lovable," and amicable first applied to things and meant "pleasant, benign." More...

jolly - Comes from Old French jolif, "merry, festive, pleasant." More...

merry - First meant "peaceful" or "pleasant," which is what it first meant in "Merry Christmas." More...

soft - First meant "agreeable, pleasant." More...

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