Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, July 14, 2017)
Word of the Day

audacity

Definition:(noun) Fearless daring; intrepidity.
Synonyms:temerity
Usage: Skill, coolness, audacity, and cunning he possessed in a superior degree, and it must be a cunning whale to escape the stroke of his harpoon.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Conjunctive Adverbs

Conjunctive adverbs (also called linking adverbs or connecting adverbs) are a specific type of conjunction specifically used to connect two independent clauses. What punctuation mark is traditionally used when we join two independent clauses with a conjunctive adverb? More...
Article of the Day

Transits of Venus

When Venus passes directly between Earth and the Sun, it appears to observers as though a small disk is moving across the face of the Sun. Before the space age, such transits helped scientists calculate the distance between Earth and the Sun. Among the rarest of predictable astronomical phenomena, transits of Venus currently occur in a pattern that repeats every 243 years, with pairs of transits 8 years apart separated by gaps of 121.5 and 105.5 years. When will the next transit of Venus occur? More...
This Day in History

Football War Breaks Out in Honduras (1969)

The Football War was a four-day war fought between El Salvador and Honduras. Though political tensions between Hondurans and Salvadorans were the main factors contributing to the war's outbreak, hostility between the two countries was further inflamed by rioting when they met during a qualifying round for the 1970 FIFA World Cup. Though short-lived, the war claimed thousands of lives and displaced several hundred thousand people. When did the two nations finally sign a peace treaty? More...
Today's Birthday

Emmeline Pankhurst (1858)

Pankhurst was a leading British suffragette. In 1889, she founded the Women's Franchise League, which in 1894 secured for married women the right to vote in local elections. She later advocated militancy, mainly in the form of arson, and was once arrested 12 times in a year. During World War I, she organized a rally of 30,000 women to encourage employers to let men fight while women did their jobs in England. What did her supporters hand out to every young man they encountered in civilian dress? More...
Quotation of the Day
We drink one another's health and spoil our own.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

Idiom of the Day

up with the crows

Awake, out of bed, and active at a particularly early hour of the morning. Primarily heard in Australia. More...
Today's Holiday

Tekakwitha Feast Day (2022)

The first Native American to be beatified, Kateri Tekakwitha (1656-1680) is a venerated figure among both Catholics and Native Americans. Catholic churches hold mass on her feast day, during which congregants may offer prayers to God through her intercession. Among the North American churches and shrines, sites that have noteworthy feast day celebrations are the National Kateri Shrine in Fonda, New York, where she first encountered Christianity, and the Kateri Center at the Saint Francis-Xavier Mission at Kahnawake, Quebec, where she lived following her conversion. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: hunting

park - Originally a legal term for land held by royal grant for the keeping of game animals for royals to hunt. More...

sealer, sealing - A sealer is a seal hunter and seal hunting is called sealing. More...

half-cocked - Comes from hunting; a gun at half cock is in the safety position—so it came to mean "incompletely prepared." More...

tryst - Comes from Scottish as a variant of an old word, trist, "an appointed place or station in hunting," and now means a "secret meeting of lovers." More...

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