Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, July 25, 2020)
Word of the Day

egregious

Definition:(adjective) Conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible.
Synonyms:flagrant, glaring, crying, rank, gross
Usage: His account of that night was full of egregious lies, and I was astonished that anyone could believe his testimony.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Collective Adjectives

Collective adjectives are nominal adjectives (adjectives that act as nouns) used to refer to a group of people based on a characteristic that they share. What are some common collective adjectives? More...
Article of the Day

En Pointe

En pointe is the classical ballet technique of dancing on the tips of the toes. Primarily the domain of female dancers, it conveys an appearance of fairy-like weightlessness. Pointe work is accomplished with the aid of specialized ballet shoes that have a flat, stiff front that supports the toes and a shank that supports the arch. Still, dancing en pointe puts tremendous stress on dancers’ feet and requires extensive training. Why should dancers be at least 12 before starting to dance en pointe? More...
This Day in History

Henry IV of France Converts to Catholicism (1593)

Henry IV was the first of the Bourbon kings of France, reigning from 1589 until his death. A Protestant, Henry was involved in the Wars of Religion before his accession to the throne. He then converted to Catholicism, allegedly explaining his pragmatic philosophy with the statement, "Paris is well worth a mass." Five years later, he signed the Edict of Nantes, granting religious and civil liberties to Protestants, and ruled as one of the most popular French kings. Who assassinated him in 1610? More...
Today's Birthday

Henry Knox (1750)

A bookseller, Knox became active in the colonial militia in the lead-up to the American Revolution. Upon the outbreak of war with England, he volunteered for the revolutionary forces and soon proved himself a capable tactician and leader. He was so highly regarded that he was chosen to succeed George Washington as commander of the army at the war's end and later served as the first US secretary of war. What did Knox accidentally swallow that caused an infection that claimed his life? More...
Quotation of the Day
Do not mind anything that anyone tells you about anyone else. Judge everyone and everything for yourself.

Henry James (1843-1916)

Idiom of the Day

weep (one's) heart out

To weep copiously; to cry intensely and for a long time. More...
Today's Holiday

Grotto Day (2022)

In England during the late 18th and early 19th centuries, oysters were not considered the rare delicacy they are today, and the large number of oysters eaten at that time meant there were lots of shells around. On St. James's Day, which was observed on August 5 before the Gregorian, or New Style, Calendar came into use and on July 25 thereafter, children used the shells to construct small decorative grottoes. Sometimes the children begged for pennies as a reward for their efforts. Most of this grotto-building took place in London, and the custom continued up to the 1950s. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: worry

cark - The noun means "solicitude or sympathetic feeling"; the verb means to fret anxiously or to cause distress or worry. More...

distrait, distraught - Distrait means "absent-minded as a result of apprehension, worry, etc."—while distraught means "agitated" and "bewildered, distracted." More...

ish kabbible - Meaning "I should worry," it is of unknown origin, but is perhaps derived from Yiddish nisht gefidlt, popularized (and perhaps coined) by comedienne Fanny Brice. More...

kedogenous - "Brought about by worry or anxiety." More...

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