Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, May 2, 2021)
Word of the Day

sententious

Definition:(adjective) Concise and full of meaning.
Synonyms:pithy
Usage: He was a man of few words, but when he did speak, his sententious statements struck at the very heart of the matter.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Ellipses

An ellipsis is a series of three consecutive periods known as ellipsis points ( . . . ) used to indicate where words have been omitted from quoted text. When are brackets placed around ellipses? More...
Article of the Day

Queen Catherine de' Medici

A member of the powerful Medici family, Catherine married Henry II in 1533, and together they had 10 children. She became queen when Henry inherited the crown in 1547. Though he largely excluded her from state affairs, she was thrust into the political arena upon his death in 1559. As regent for her young sons, first Francis II and then Charles IX, she determined state policy to a considerable extent. For that reason, she is generally blamed for what massacre carried out under Charles IX's rule? More...
This Day in History

King Hussein of Jordan Enthroned (1953)

Jordan's King Hussein reigned from 1953 until his death in 1999, ascending the throne after his father was declared mentally unfit to rule. Hussein generally espoused a pro-Western policy that brought him into conflict with Arab leftist leaders and Palestinians in Jordan. His neutral stance during the Gulf War and a 1994 peace treaty with Israel secured his reputation as a moderating force in Middle Eastern politics. As a teen, Hussein survived an attempt on his life. What allegedly saved him? More...
Today's Birthday

Theodor Herzl (1860)

Herzl was the founder of modern Zionism. A journalist, he was sent to Paris to report on the Dreyfus Affair and was appalled by the vicious anti-Semitism he observed. Concluding that Jewish assimilation in Europe was impossible and that the only solution to the Jewish problem was the establishment of a Jewish national state, Herzl organized the first Zionist World Congress. At the time of his death, Herzl's organization was considering establishing a Jewish homeland in what region of the world? More...
Quotation of the Day
If you know what a man's doing, get in front of him; but if you want to guess what he's doing, keep behind him.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

squashed (in) like sardines

Very tightly or snugly packed together, especially in a small space. More...
Today's Holiday

Festival of Sant' Efisio (2022)

The Sagra di Sant' Efisio at Cagliari, in Sardinia, Italy, commemorates the martyrdom of a 3rd-century Roman general who was converted to Christianity and credited with saving the town from the plague. On May 1, a procession accompanies a statue of St. Efisio through the streets of Cagliari to the church of Pula, the town where he suffered martyrdom. Three days later, the statue returns to Cagliari. Several thousand pilgrims, wearing costumes that date from the 17th century and earlier, take part in the procession, which culminates in a parade down Cagliari's main avenue. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: nimble

agile - Means having quick motion and being nimble, from Latin agere, "to do." More...

flippant - Once meant "flexible, nimble, pliant." More...

chopsticks - In Chinese, the word for chopsticks originally meant "quick sticks" or "nimble ones." More...

wieldy - Means "easily controlled or handled," and once meant "agile, nimble." More...

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