Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, September 22, 2020)
Word of the Day

beseech

Definition:(verb) Ask for or request earnestly.
Synonyms:adjure, entreat, conjure, bid, press
Usage: Daddy, I beseech you to stop smoking before it is too late.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Modifiers in a Noun Phrase

Sometimes the words that modify a noun come before the noun in the phrase, and sometimes they come after. What does the position of modifiers in a noun phrase depend on? More...
Article of the Day

Grosmont Castle

Grosmont Castle is a ruined castle in Wales very near the English border. It was one of three castles in the area and dates to the 11th or 12th century. It was probably used as an administrative center before being converted to a fortress. In the 13th century, King Henry III's son Edmund made the castle his residence and rebuilt part of it. He constructed a giant false doorway through which one could access the castle’s lower floors but not his living quarters. How, then, did he get in and out? More...
This Day in History

Nathan Hale Is Hanged for Spying (1776)

A young teacher at the start of the American Revolution, Hale joined the Continental Army and volunteered for the dangerous mission of spying on British forces. The inexperienced 21-year-old managed to penetrate the British lines but was captured and hanged without trial. His last words, reported as, "I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country," became a symbol of the Revolutionary spirit. Yet, some question whether these were his exact words. What might he have actually said? More...
Today's Birthday

Michael Faraday (1791)

Despite having little formal education, Faraday is responsible for some of the most significant scientific developments in history. His contributions include discovering electromagnetic induction, inventing the first electric motor and dynamo, developing the devices now known as Faraday cages, demonstrating the relation between electricity and chemical bonding, and discovering the effect of magnetism on light. In the 1850s, he refused—on ethical grounds—to advise the British government on what? More...
Quotation of the Day
This is certain, that a man that studieth revenge, keeps his own wounds green, which otherwise would heal, and do well.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

get down to work

To begin being serious about something; to begin attending to business or work at hand. More...
Today's Holiday

Mabon (2020)

In ancient history, Celtic peoples observed the year's equinoxes and solstices as the four Quarter Days: Ostara (Vernal Equinox), Litha (Summer Solstice), Yule (Winter Solstice), and Mabon (Autumnal Equinox). Today, Wiccans and Neo-pagans retain the Mabon tradition. Typical celebrations of Mabon, which take place throughout the world, are circle ceremonies that recognize various harvest themes. A ceremonial site will be decorated with items like corn, apples, wine, or black and white candles. Participants may tell stories, light candles, chant, dance, or recite invocations. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: presence

hoodoo - A person who practices voodoo; the word also describes a person or thing whose presence is supposed to bring bad luck. More...

al fresco - Implies the presence of some nearby structure (one does not hike al fresco). More...

pyrosis - Heartburn is actually pyrosis, caused by the presence of gastric secretions, called reflux, in the lower esophagus. More...

evince - To indicate, to reveal the presence of a quality or feeling. More...

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