Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, June 10, 2018)
Word of the Day

compendious

Definition:(adjective) Containing or stating briefly and concisely all the essentials.
Synonyms:succinct, summary, compact
Usage: It was a sort of hand-book for women with grievances (and all women had them), a sort of compendious theory and practice of feminine free morality.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Adverbial Complements

Adverbial complements are adverbs or other adverbial elements in a clause that are required to complete the meaning of the verb. How do they differ from adverbial adjuncts? More...
Article of the Day

Civil Disobedience and Civil Disobedience

A typically nonviolent and collective means of forcing government concessions, civil disobedience has been used by nationalist movements in Africa and India, the US civil rights movement, and labor and antiwar movements in many countries. Perhaps the most influential exposition of the philosophy behind civil disobedience can be found in American author and naturalist Henry David Thoreau's 1849 essay Civil Disobedience, which argues that citizens should break laws that are what? More...
This Day in History

Alcoholics Anonymous Founded (1935)

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is an international organization dedicated to helping alcoholics stop drinking and maintain their sobriety. It functions through local groups that meet regularly and emphasizes a 12-step recovery program that includes acknowledgment of the problem, faith in a "higher power," and a desire to change for the better and to help others recover. Founded in 1935 by two alcoholics, today AA has more than ninety thousand local groups around the globe and how many members? More...
Today's Birthday

Hattie McDaniel (1895)

McDaniel was the first African American to win an Academy Award, earning it for her role as the maid Mammy in 1939's American Civil War epic Gone with the Wind. Segregation, still widespread in the American South at the time, prevented her from attending the film's Atlanta premiere, but when her friend and fellow actor Clark Gable—who had recommended her for the role—wanted to boycott the event, she insisted that he attend. Why does McDaniel have two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame? More...
Quotation of the Day
Humility is the mother of giants. One sees great things from the valley; only small things from the peak.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

let's roll

Let's get out of here; let's get moving. More...
Today's Holiday

Time Observance Day (2021)

Emperor Tenchi (or Tenji) of Japan (626-671) is credited with making the first water clock, a device that measured time by the amount of water leaking out of a vessel. The Japanese honor their 38th emperor on June 10, the day on which he first ordered the hour to be announced by sounding temple bells and drums. The Rokoku Festival, or Water Clock Festival, is held on this day at the Omi Jingu Shrine in the city of Otsu, Shiga Prefecture, where the emperor's water clock is housed. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: shaking

pulsatilla - Can refer to the shaking of a flower in the wind. More...

quassation - The act or process of being shaken or shaking. More...

concussion - Its underlying etymological notion is of "violent shaking," from Latin concutere, "shake violently." More...

Shaker - The Shakers got their name from the shaking and convulsive movements they made during worship. More...

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