Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, May 18, 2021)
Word of the Day

alleviative

Definition:(adjective) Moderating pain or sorrow by making it easier to bear.
Synonyms:lenitive, mitigative, palliative
Usage: After the blacksmith burned his hand, he applied an alleviative salve to lessen the searing pain.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Factitive Verbs

Factitive verbs are used to indicate the resulting condition or state of a person, place, or thing caused by the action of the verb. What is this resulting condition or state known as? More...
Article of the Day

Operation Paperclip

During World War II, German scientists made great strides in rocketry, aeronautics, and other fields. Almost immediately after the war's end, the US began vigorously recruiting these scientists, bolstering its own scientific programs while denying the USSR access to these assets. Though the US president authorized Operation Paperclip, he forbade the recruitment of Nazi Party members and active supporters of Nazi militarism. How did the agency overseeing the program sidestep this order? More...
This Day in History

Plessy v. Ferguson: "Separate but Equal" Ruled Constitutional (1896)

In this case, the US Supreme Court upheld a Louisiana statute mandating racially segregated railroad cars, ruling that the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment dealt with political and not social equality. This provided constitutional sanction for the adoption of the Jim Crow laws. Justice Henry Billings Brown wrote the majority opinion, stating that "separate but equal" laws did not imply one race's inferiority to another. What prompted Homer Plessy to serve as the case's plaintiff? More...
Today's Birthday

Frank Russell Capra (1897)

One of the preeminent Hollywood directors of the 1930s and 40s, Capra produced idealistic populist movies that celebrate the virtues of the common American. At age six, the Sicilian-born future director immigrated with his family to the US. After holding various jobs in the film industry, he emerged as a major director in 1928. Within years, he had won his first Oscar. Which of his films is now considered one of the best American films ever made—despite having initially been a box office flop? More...
Quotation of the Day
To make a contented slave, it is necessary to make a thoughtless one. It is necessary to darken his moral and mental vision, and, as far as possible, to annihilate the power of reason.

Frederick Douglass (1817-1895)

Idiom of the Day

take ill

To be or become sick or unwell. More...
Today's Holiday

Toshogu Haru-No-Taisai (2022)

This festival provides the most spectacular display of ancient samurai costumes and weaponry in Japan. The Toshogu Shrine, in Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture, was built in 1617 to house the mausoleum of Tokugawa Ieyasu (1543-1616), the first of the Tokugawa shoguns. On the first day of the festival, dignitaries and members of the Tokugawa family make offerings to the deities of the shrine, and warriors on horseback shoot at targets with bows and arrows. The next morning, more than 1,000 people take part in the procession from Toshogu to Futarasan Shrine, including hundreds of samurai warriors. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: melting

fondue - Comes from French fondre, "to melt." More...

relent, resolve - Relent and resolve originally meant "melt, dissolve" in literal (under the influence of heat) and figurative senses. More...

eliquate - To melt or liquefy. More...

clarify - To make clear by removing impurities or solid matter, as by heating gently; to purify butter by melting. More...

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