Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, May 19, 2015)
Word of the Day

magnum opus

Definition:(noun) A great work, especially a literary or artistic masterpiece.
Synonyms:masterpiece
Usage: Paradise Lost is generally considered to be Milton's magnum opus.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Regular and Irregular Adverbs

Regular adverbs are formed by adding "-ly" (or a variation) onto the end of an adjective. Irregular adverbs are not formed from standard spelling conventions. What are the most common irregular adverbs? More...
Article of the Day

Caviar

Caviar is the roe, or eggs, of various species of sturgeon processed as a piquant table delicacy. Due to its high price, it is synonymous in Western culture with luxury and wealth. The best-known caviar comes from the countries on the Black and Caspian seas and the rivers that flow into them. In 2006, however, declines in sturgeon species led to a suspension of the international trade in nearly all caviar from wild Caspian sturgeon. Caviar should be served with utensils made from what material? More...
This Day in History

Catherine of Aragon Married by Proxy to Arthur, Prince of Wales (1499)

Catherine of Aragon is known as the first of King Henry VIII's six wives, but before they were wed, she was married to his older brother Arthur. Catherine was the youngest daughter of Spain's Ferdinand II and Isabella I, and her marriage to Arthur was primarily political. In fact, Arthur and Catherine were married by proxy before they had even met, in a ceremony attended by their representatives. The marriage was short-lived, as Arthur died young. When did Arthur and Catherine finally meet? More...
Today's Birthday

Malcolm X (1925)

Malcolm X was an African-American activist. His home was burned by the KKK when he was a child, and he joined the Nation of Islam in prison as an adult. Upon his release in 1952, he renounced his "slave name," Little, and took the surname X, representing his lost African ancestral surname. He became a minister and soon rose to prominence campaigning for black separatism, but he publicly broke with the militant Black Muslims in 1964 after a pilgrimage to Mecca. Who assassinated him the next year? More...
Quotation of the Day
He that hath wife and children hath given hostages to fortune, for they are impediments to great enterprises, either of virtue or mischief. Certainly the best works and of greatest merit for the public have proceeded from the unmarried or childless men, which both in affection and means have married and endowed the public.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

good enough for jazz

Sufficient to suit the purpose(s) at hand without needing to be perfect. More...
Today's Holiday

Chelsea Flower Show (2020)

For more than eight decades, England's Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has held a flower show in London on the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea. The highlight of this five-day event is the full-sized show gardens that are planted and landscaped in the space of only three weeks by some of Britain's top garden designers. There are also scientific displays of the latest advances in gardening, booths for flower arranging and garden design, and trade stands. Experts are also on hand to give people advice on other less elaborate forms of gardening. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: needle

gab - In mechanics, a hook or a notch in a rod or lever that then engages with a pin or needle. More...

in the groove - An allusion to the reproduction of music by a needle on a gramophone record. More...

needle - Has the same Indo-European base as Latin nere, "to spin," and Greek nema, "thread." More...

feed dog - The part of a sewing machine that feeds the material under the needle. More...

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