Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, August 8, 2021)
Word of the Day

irascible

Definition:(adjective) Prone to outbursts of temper; easily angered.
Synonyms:hotheaded, quick-tempered, choleric, short
Usage: He was a singularly irascible man; any little thing would disturb his temper.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Present Continuous Tense (Progressive)

We create the present continuous tense by using the present participle (-ing form) of the verb after the present-tense form of the auxiliary verb "be." What is the most common occurrence of the present continuous tense? More...
Article of the Day

Northwest Angle

If you are visiting Minnesota's Northwest Angle, you have reached a part of the US that is beyond the Canadian border. Separated from the US by the Lake of the Woods, "the Angle" is north of the 49th parallel, the northern boundary of the contiguous 48 states. The anomaly resulted from early mapmakers' imprecision about the source of the Mississippi River. When their error was corrected, the Angle was left beyond the international border. What are you required to do upon arrival at the Angle? More...
This Day in History

The Great Train Robbery (1963)

On the night of August 7, 1963, a postal train left Glasgow with a High Value Package (HVP) coach containing registered mail and a large sum of money. Before dawn the next morning, the driver sighted a red signal and, not knowing that the light had been tampered with, brought the train to a halt as was protocol. Fifteen robbers descended on the train, attacking the train's operators, restraining the postal workers in the HVP coach, and making off with £2.6 million. Were the robbers ever caught? More...
Today's Birthday

Matthew Alexander Henson (1866)

Orphaned in his youth, Henson went to work on a merchant ship at the age of 12. After nearly a decade at sea, he met American explorer Robert E. Peary and became his valet and assistant for the next 22 years. In 1909, Henson accompanied Peary on the first expedition credited with reaching the North Pole. Though Peary received many honors for this achievement, Henson, an African American, was largely ignored. What did both men leave behind when they returned to mainland America from the Arctic? More...
Quotation of the Day
I am tempted to think that to be despised by her sex is a very great compliment to a woman.

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863)

Idiom of the Day

the low road

Any method, practice, or course of action that is unethical, unscrupulous, underhanded, or otherwise base or vile. (Most often used in the phrase "take the low road.") More...
Today's Holiday

Eisteddfod (2021)

The Royal National Eisteddfod of Wales dates back to the 12th century. Its purpose is to encourage the preservation of Welsh music and literature, and only those who sing or write in Welsh may enter. The annual event opens with the blowing of trumpets, followed by all kinds of musical and literary contests—harp playing, solo and choral singing, dramatic presentations, and poetic composition. The National Eisteddfod is held in northern Wales one year and southern Wales the next. Other Eisteddfodau are held in Welsh communities elsewhere from May to November. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: host

host - One of its early senses was "army." More...

harbinger - Originally, one who provided lodging or acted as a host. More...

table d' hote, prix fixe - Table d' hote, literally "table of the host," is a complete meal with specified courses for a set price—and means the same as prix fixe. More...

French leave - Comes from the French custom of leaving a ball or dinner without saying goodbye to the host or hostess. More...

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