Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, November 6, 2019)
Word of the Day

sashay

Definition:(verb) To walk with a lofty proud gait, often in an attempt to impress others.
Synonyms:prance, strut, swagger, tittup, ruffle, cock
Usage: She sashayed around the room flaunting her designer dress and impeccably coiffed hair.
Daily Grammar Lesson

"Will" and Interrogative Sentences

As a modal auxiliary verb, "will" is particularly versatile, having several different functions and meanings. If we want to make a question, what do we do to "will"? More...
Article of the Day

Singing Sand

Also known as sounding sand, singing sand is sand that emits musical, humming, whistling, or crunching sounds when disturbed. Although it has been studied extensively, the phenomenon is not completely understood. When it occurs near dunes, the sound accompanies a slumping or avalanching movement of the sand, usually triggered by wind or by someone walking near the crest. Different patches of sand are even said to "sing" at different frequencies. What are some locations where the sand sings? More...
This Day in History

Jefferson Davis Elected President of the Confederate States of America (1861)

As a US senator, Davis advocated states' rights but tried to discourage secession. Still, when Mississippi seceded, he resigned from the Senate, was appointed major general of the Mississippi militia, and soon was chosen to be president of the Confederacy. After Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered without Davis's approval in 1865, Davis fled Richmond, Virginia, the Confederate capital, hoping to continue the fight until he could secure better terms from the North. What happened to him? More...
Today's Birthday

Charles Dow (1851)

In the early 1880s, Charles Dow and Edward Davis Jones established the Dow Jones Average as a stock price indicator consisting mostly of railroad stocks. In 1889, Dow Jones & Co. began publication of the Wall Street Journal, and the well-known Dow Jones Industrial Average was created in 1896. Today, there are four different Dow Jones averages—industrial stocks, transportation stocks, utility stocks, and a composite average of all three. What were Dow's "Leadville Letters"? More...
Quotation of the Day
What makes old age hard to bear is not the failing of one's faculties, mental and physical, but the burden of one's memories.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

feed (someone) to the wolves

To sacrifice someone to ruin, destruction, or hostility from others, especially for one's own benefit or survival. More...
Today's Holiday

Leonhardiritt (St. Leonard's Ride) (2019)

This is a celebration of Ash St. Leonhard, the patron saint of horses and cattle, observed in various towns of Bavaria, Germany. Traditionally, processions of elaborately harnessed horses draw decorated wagons to the local church. Some people also bring their cattle to be blessed. A contest of whip-cracking often follows the procession. Among the towns where Leonard's Ride is held are Bad Tölz, Rottenbuch, Bad Füssing, Waldkirchen, and Murnau. November 6 is the name-day of the saint and the traditional day of the procession, but some towns now hold their rides on a weekend near that date. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: hatch

booby hatch - First a kind of wooden hood over a hatch, readily removable. More...

covey - Comes from French couver for the act of sitting on eggs ("covering" them) to hatch them. More...

down the hatch - A drinking toast of nautical origin. More...

hatch - The lower half of a divided door. More...

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