Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, September 8, 2017)
Word of the Day

jiggle

Definition:(verb) To move or rock lightly up and down or to and fro in an unsteady, jerky manner.
Synonyms:joggle, wiggle
Usage: He jiggled the worn key in the lock and finally got the door open.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Stative Verbs and Tense

Stative verbs can be in the present, past, or future tense; however, because they describe static conditions, they are usually unable to progress through time, and they therefore cannot be used when forming the continuous or progressive forms of verb tenses. However, some stative verbs can be used in a continuous tense in what situations? More...
Article of the Day

An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump

Considered a masterpiece of British art, An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump is a 1768 oil-on-canvas painting by Joseph Wright. Portraying a scientific subject in the reverential manner formerly reserved for historical or religious scenes, the painting depicts a natural philosopher—a forerunner of the modern scientist—recreating an experiment in which a bird is deprived of oxygen before a group of onlookers. How does Wright effectively draw the viewer into the scene? More...
This Day in History

American Pledge of Allegiance First Published (1892)

The Pledge of Allegiance is an oath of loyalty to the United States. It first appeared in the September 8, 1892, issue of The Youth's Companion, and its authorship has been ascribed to magazine staff member Francis Bellamy. Officially recognized by the government in 1942, the pledge became compulsory in some public schools, but the following year the Supreme Court ruled that recitation could not be required of any individual. What two words were inserted into the pledge in 1954? More...
Today's Birthday

Ansgar (801 CE)

The patron saint of Scandinavia, Ansgar was a missionary and the first archbishop of Hamburg. He was sent by Louis I to help King Harald Christianize Denmark and King Bjorn Christianize Sweden. He initiated a mission to all Scandinavians and Slavs and was appointed archbishop of Hamburg in 832. When Sweden and Denmark returned to paganism by 845, Ansgar thwarted the pagan rebellion. He was recognized as a saint soon after his death. Ansgar is often called the Apostle of what? More...
Quotation of the Day
What is the matter with the poor is poverty; what is the matter with the rich is uselessness.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Idiom of the Day

a week is a long time in politics

Due to the fast-changing pace of the political landscape, the fortunes of a politician or political group can change drastically just in the course of a single week. The phrase is attributed to British Prime Minister Harold Wilson, c. 1964. More...
Today's Holiday

Our Lady of Nazare Festival (2018)

The Church of Our Lady of Nazareth in Nazaré was built near the place where the Virgin Mary is said to have saved the life of Fuas Roupinho, who was pursuing a deer when a sudden sea mist arose and caused him to lose his bearings. The Virgin halted his horse in its tracks—a hoof-print is still visible—and Roupinho discovered that he was on the brink of a cliff. The annual festival that takes place in the town's main square begins on September 8, the anniversary of the miracle, and includes bullfights, musical concerts, and folk dancing. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: links

cuff link - Links the split cuff of a shirt. More...

portal - An Internet site offering a directory of links to other sites. More...

latch - Once was a loop or noose; a latch of links was a string of sausages. More...

vincula - Links, ties, and bonds. More...

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