Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, September 4, 2019)
Word of the Day

importune

Definition:(verb) Beg persistently and urgently.
Synonyms:insist
Usage: She had come to the conclusion that he spoke no other English, and so she ceased to importune him for information.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Conjunctive Adverbs that Show a Result

There are many conjunctive adverbs. To choose the right one, we must consider the relationship between the first and second clause. When the second clause is a result of something that happened in the first clause, we can use "therefore" and what other conjunctive adverbs? More...
Article of the Day

The Gentry

The term "gentry," in general, refers to people of gentle birth, good breeding, or high social position. In England, the term historically referred to the class of English landowners ranking just below the nobility. The gentry, particularly in England and Wales, were those not entitled to sit in the House of Lords. By the later Middle Ages, the gentry included knights, esquires, and gentlemen, and, after the 17th century, baronets. What are some examples of the gentry in other countries? More...
This Day in History

Los Angeles Is Founded (1781)

Now one of the most populous and diverse counties in the US, Los Angeles was first founded by Spanish governor Felipe de Neve and settled by missionaries. Its original name was El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora de los Angeles de Porciuncula, or The Town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels of Porciuncula. It became part of the US in the 1840s and is today a global hub for culture and technology. Located on the volatile Pacific Ring of Fire, Los Angeles has about how many earthquakes every year? More...
Today's Birthday

Anton Bruckner (1824)

Bruckner was an Austrian composer who established a reputation as a virtuoso organist in Vienna. However, as a composer, he gained recognition slowly. He was 60 before he achieved fame with his 1884 Symphony No. 7 in E Major, one of nine that he completed. Socially awkward and eccentric, he developed a pattern of courting much younger women without success. Bruckner once accidentally alienated an influential critic after getting mixed up in a feud between what two famous composers? More...
Quotation of the Day
I always find it more difficult to say the things I mean than the things I don't.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

I'll be hanged if I do (something)

I am determined not to do something. More...
Today's Holiday

Shinnecock Powwow (2020)

The Shinnecock Indians, like many other Native Americans, host a major powwow over the long Labor Day weekend. The Shinnecock Powwow has been held for more than 50 years. Events include arts, crafts, music, storytelling, and, of course, dancing competitions. The Shinneock Indians are part of the Algonquian nation of Indians—Shinnecock means "those who live where the land flattens." The Shinnecock have been known as whalers and fishermen, and many of the foods served at the powwow reflect their historical links to the sea. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: seizing

acatalepsy - Greek for "not thoroughly seizing" or "incomprehensibility." More...

rapine - Means "the act or practice of seizing and taking away by force the property of others." More...

ravishing - Can mean "seizing on prey." More...

hend, hent - To hend is to seize or take; hent is the act of seizing. More...

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