Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, June 29, 2020)
Word of the Day

gangly

Definition:(adjective) Tall and thin and having long slender limbs.
Synonyms:lanky, rangy
Usage: The gangly man's suit sleeves and pant legs flapped like empty fire hoses as he walked.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Demonstrative Adjectives

Like all adjectives, demonstrative adjectives modify nouns or pronouns. There are four common demonstrative adjectives in English: "this," "that," "these," and "those." Where do they always appear in a sentence? More...
Article of the Day

The Dissolution of the Monasteries

Between 1536 and 1541, English King Henry VIII disbanded hundreds of monasteries and convents in England, appropriating their lands and stripping them of everything of value—including their roofs. Henry carried out this program of dissolution as head of the Church of England, transferring a massive amount of land, wealth, and income to the crown. The monks and nuns were absorbed into their orders, but the dissolution of the monasteries led to the loss of what culturally valuable institutions? More...
This Day in History

Globe Theatre Burns to the Ground (1613)

The first Globe Theatre was an Elizabethan theatre where several of Shakespeare's plays were originally staged. It was built around 1598 in London using timber from an earlier theater and was jointly owned by members of the theatrical company to which Shakespeare belonged. The Globe burned down in 1613 during a performance of Henry VIII. It was rebuilt in 1614, but Puritans closed it and all other theaters in 1642, and it was demolished soon after. What caused the fire in 1613? More...
Today's Birthday

George Goethals (1858)

Goethals was a US army engineer who served as chief engineer of the Panama Canal. During the course of the project, yellow fever, labor troubles, unexpected construction complications, and crumbling substrata caused numerous setbacks and claimed thousands of lives. By taking personal interest in the men working on the canal, however, Goethals created an atmosphere of cooperation and completed the project ahead of schedule. The Goethals Bridge, named in his honor, links what two US states? More...
Quotation of the Day
A man can never quite understand a boy, even when he has been the boy.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

be tied (up) in knots

To be confused, anxious, worried, and/or upset (about something). More...
Today's Holiday

Sts. Peter and Paul Day (2022)

It is said that St. Peter and St. Paul were both martyred on June 29, and, for this reason, their names have been linked in various observances around the world. In Peru, the Día de San Pedro y San Pablo is celebrated in fishing villages because St. Peter is the patron saint of fishermen. Processions of decorated boats carrying an image of the saint are common, and sometimes a special floating altar is set up, with decorations made out of shells and seaweed. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: mash

bangers and mash - Sausage and mashed potatoes. More...

farrago - From Latin, originally "a mash for feeding cattle"; later, figuratively, a medley or hodgepodge. More...

mash - Originally malt mixed with hot water, to make wort. More...

mush, moosh - Mush and moosh (nouns) are variations on mash. More...

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