Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, January 9, 2020)
Word of the Day

seemly

Definition:(adjective) Conforming to standards of conduct and good taste; suitable.
Synonyms:becoming, comely, comme il faut, decent, decorous
Usage: Her friends think it is not seemly for her to be dating a man half her age, but she only cares that he makes her happy.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using the Middle Voice

The so-called middle voice is an approximate type of grammatical voice in which the subject both performs and receives the action expressed by the verb. Because the agent is also the receiver of the action in the middle voice, what can we do to clarify this connection? More...
Article of the Day

The Fedora

The fedora is a soft, medium-brimmed, felt hat with a creased crown and, usually, a band. It is often associated with film noir private detectives and Prohibition-era Mafiosos, and it tops off most zoot suits. Considered an essential piece of menswear in the US in the 1940s and 50s, the fedora fell out of fashion in the early 60s, when thinner lapels and ties called for shorter-brimmed hats, and when, according to one theory, American men saw what public figure without one? More...
This Day in History

Davy Lamp Tested at Hebburn Colliery (1816)

The Davy lamp was an early safety lamp used in the mining and quarrying industries. It was designed by English chemist and physicist Sir Humphrey Davy to prevent the accidental ignition of flammable gases. This was achieved by enclosing the flame of the oil-burning lamp in wire gauze that distributed heat over a large area and brought its temperature below the ignition temperature of methane. Why did the introduction of the Davy lamp initially lead to an increase in the rate of mining accidents? More...
Today's Birthday

Richard Milhous Nixon (1913)

After serving as vice president of the US under Dwight D. Eisenhower, Nixon ran for president but lost to John F. Kennedy in 1960. He was elected president in 1968 and 1972, but his second term was cut short by the Watergate scandal, which involved the burglary and wiretapping of Democratic party headquarters. Likely facing impeachment, he became the first president to resign. Although never convicted, he was pardoned by his successor, Gerald Ford. What pet did Nixon receive as a political gift? More...
Quotation of the Day
Any one who has gumption knows what it is, and any one who hasn't can never know what it is. So there is no need of defining it.

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942)

Idiom of the Day

good-natured

Of or having a kindly, affable, beneficent, and/or obliging propensity, inclination, or personality. More...
Today's Holiday

Black Nazarene Fiesta (2020)

The Fiesta of Quiapo District is the largest festival in Manila, Philippines. It is held each year in honor of the Quiapo District's patron saint, the Black Nazarene, a life-sized statue of Jesus carved from blackwood, whose shrine is located in Quiapo’s baroque church. The traditional nine-day fiesta features nightly cultural events, band concerts, and fireworks. On the last day of the festival, January 9, there is a procession of barefoot men pulling a carriage that holds the 200-year-old statue on the way to Calvary. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: wind instrument

organ - Comes from Latin organum, from Greek oganon, "implement, instrument, tool"; it was first a very general term, but was then used for "wind instrument" and "functional part of the body." More...

poop - Once had the meaning "to make an abrupt sound, as from a wind instrument." More...

bell - The flared open end of a wind instrument. More...

tootle - To toot continuously, as notes on a wind instrument. More...

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