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

King Alexander I of Serbia Assassinated (1903)

Twelve-year-old Alexander Obrenovic became king of Serbia in 1889, when his father, King Milan I, abdicated. Proclaiming himself of age in 1893, he took over the government, abolished the relatively liberal constitution of 1889, and restored the conservative one of 1869. In 1903, after Alexander temporarily suspended the liberal constitution he had granted in 1901 so that he could replace certain government officials, he and his wife were assassinated. Who succeeded him? More...
Today's Birthday

Dame Millicent Garrett Fawcett (1847)

An English suffragist and social reformer, Fawcett rejected the violent acts of some of her contemporaries in the suffrage movement, believing that the enfranchisement of women could be achieved by peaceful means. Her efforts as president of the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies from 1897 to 1919 are considered to have been instrumental in earning women over 30 in the UK the right to vote in 1918. Her older sister, Elizabeth, was the first woman licensed to do what in Britain? 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

home sweet home

An expression of pleasure or relief upon returning to one's home, especially after an extended period away from it. More...
Today's Holiday

Sprangprocession (Dancing Procession) (2019)

The Sprangprocession in Luxembourg has been held on Whit Tuesday, which falls 52 days after Easter, since the eighth century. It honors St. Willibrord (St. Wilfred), the patron saint of Luxembourg. The dance that is performed by thousands of participants in the procession through the narrow streets of Echternach has remained basically unchanged, and local bands play the same melody that was played more than 500 years ago. The procession ends up in the basilica, where the remains of St. Willibrord are buried. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: occupation

aptronym - A name that fits a person's nature or occupation, like Jane House for a real estate agent. More...

mechanical - Predates "machine" in English and has long had certain separate senses, such as "an art, trade, or occupation: concerned with manual work" and "practical as opposed to theoretical." More...

specialization, specialty - Specialization refers to the process of becoming specialized; specialty refers to a special pursuit, occupation, or product. More...

study - Based on Latin studium, "painstaking application, zeal" (from studere, "to be zealous"), study's earliest uses are surprising: "affection, friendliness," an "occupation or pursuit," and "a state of reverie or abstraction; state of perplexity." More...

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