Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, June 11, 2019)
Word of the Day

nuptial

Definition:(adjective) Of or relating to a wedding.
Synonyms:bridal, spousal
Usage: My fiancé was less than thrilled when I suggested that we write our own nuptial vows.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Personal Pronouns - Person

Grammatical person refers to the perspectives of the personal pronouns used to identify a person in speech and text (e.g. first, second, and third person). What is the generic "you," and when is it used? More...
Article of the Day

"The Walrus and the Carpenter"

"The Walrus and the Carpenter" is a narrative poem that appears in Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There. In the book, the poem is recited to the protagonist, Alice, by Tweedledee and Tweedledum. After hearing the poem, in which the titular characters lull a group of oysters into a false sense of security and then eat them, the good-natured Alice attempts to determine which of the two might be the more sympathetic. In what ways has the poem been interpreted? More...
This Day in History

The Battle of Jargeau Begins (1429)

After helping break the English siege of Orléans during the Hundred Years' War, teenage heroine Joan of Arc set her sights on recapturing the Loire River valley, beginning with the town of Jargeau. Though the post was heavily fortified and well defended, the French soon gained the upper hand. After Jargeau, a number of other English strongholds fell in quick succession, paving the way for Charles VII's coronation at Rheims. What nearly killed Joan as she scaled a ladder during the battle? More...
Today's Birthday

Joseph Warren (1741)

A Boston physician, Warren became a political leader in the American Revolution after the passage of the hated 1765 Stamp Act. In 1774, he drafted the Suffolk Resolves, which advocated forcible resistance to the British and were endorsed by the Continental Congress. In April of the following year, he dispatched William Dawes and Paul Revere to warn fellow patriots that the British were marching on Concord. He was killed months later at Bunker Hill. Why was his body buried four times? More...
Quotation of the Day
To promise not to do a thing is the surest way in the world to make a body want to go and do that very thing.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

head the ball

A stupid, foolish, or idiotic person; someone who is crazy or mentally unstable. Primarily heard in Ireland. More...
Today's Holiday

Fronleichnamsfest (Corpus Christi, Germany) (2020)

Corpus Christi Day in Germany is celebrated with colorful processions where the Sacrament and other holy symbols are carried through villages, where streets are decorated with flowers and greenery. The most picturesque of these processions take place in Bavaria, where Corpus Christi is a legal holiday. Some are held on lakes rather than in the streets, with flower-decked boats carrying members of the procession and worshippers across crystal clear waters. The processions at Lake Staffelsee and Lake Chiemsee in Upper Bavaria are among the most dramatic. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: refuge

asylum - Comes from Greek asulon, "refuge," from asulos, "inviolable." More...

bast - A word for an asylum, refuge, or sanctuary. More...

harbor - First meant "shelter" and "lodging," and that is how the word first entered English place-names, as a "place of shelter; refuge" for a crowd of people. A port is a haven for vessels and it is equipped for loading and unloading ships, while a harbor is a haven for vessels but does not necessarily have onshore facilities. More...

redoubt - Has no connection to "doubt," but comes from French redoute and Latin reductus, "hidden place, refuge, stronghold." More...

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