Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, August 30, 2018)
Word of the Day

divest

Definition:(verb) Remove (someone's or one's own) clothes.
Synonyms:undress, disinvest, strip
Usage: Frowning with vexation at the effort necessary to divest himself of his coat and trousers, the prince undressed.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining the Slash

The slash ( / ) serves a number of purposes in writing, essentially standing in for other words as a quick and clear way of showing the connection between two things. What is a slash technically known as? More...
Article of the Day

Ouroboros

One of the oldest mystical symbols in the world, the ouroboros, Greek for "tail-devourer," is an ancient representation of a serpent or dragon swallowing its own tail and forming a circle. It is important in the religious and mythological symbolism of many cultures and generally represents cyclicality, unity, or infinity. In Gnosticism, it symbolizes the soul of the world. How is the ouroboros related to alchemy? More...
This Day in History

Battle of Tannenberg Ends (1914)

The Battle of Tannenberg was a decisive engagement between Russian and German forces in WWI. After invading German East Prussia, the Russian First and Second armies became separated. German forces then attacked one of the isolated armies and forced its retreat, killing and capturing tens of thousands in the process. Though disastrous for Russia, the battle forced Germany to divert troops from the Western Front during the first critical weeks of the war. Why was the battle named after Tannenberg? More...
Today's Birthday

Nancy Wake (1912)

Wake, who lived to the age of 98, was one of World War II's most decorated servicewomen. A New Zealand native, she left home at 16 and eventually settled in Paris. When the Germans occupied France, Wake joined the resistance. Pursued by the Gestapo, she fled to Britain, where she joined the Special Operations Executive. In 1944, she parachuted back into France to help establish communications between the British military and French Resistance. What nickname did the Gestapo have for her? More...
Quotation of the Day
Never ... be mean in anything; never be false; never be cruel. Avoid those three vices ... and I can always be hopeful of you.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Idiom of the Day

boots and all

With maximum effort or enthusiasm; completely and without restraint. Primarily heard in Australia, New Zealand. More...
Today's Holiday

Flower Festival of St. Rose (2018)

On the island of St. Lucia, two floral societies known as the Roses and the Marguerites pay tribute to their namesake flowers as well as their patron saints: Rose of Lima and Margaret Mary Alacoque. In an intensive process of preparing for the two fêtes, the they each hold a series of dress rehearsals known as séances. The feast day then opens with a church service, which is followed by a street procession presenting the host society's royal entourage. The evening program includes a banquet, the much-awaited performance by the shantwel, and folk dances. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: warm

calid - Another way of saying "warm, tepid." More...

malmy - Pertains to weather that is warm and sticky. More...

nonchalant - Comes from French nonchaloir, "not heated," ultimately from Latin noncalere, "not warm or aroused." More...

tepid - From Latin tepere, "be warm." More...

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