Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, January 20, 2022)
Word of the Day

wizened

Definition:(adjective) Lean and wrinkled by shrinkage as from age or illness.
Synonyms:shrunken, withered, shriveled
Usage: The wizened face of the man of law was twisted into a wrinkled smile.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Personal Pronouns and Possessive Case

As the name implies, the possessive (or genitive) case changes the inflection of a personal pronoun to mark possession. There are two forms of personal pronouns in the possessive case. What are they? More...
Article of the Day

El Cid

Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar—popularly known as "El Cid"—was an 11th-century Castilian military leader and national hero. His unauthorized raid on the kingdom of Toledo in 1081 prompted his exile by Spanish king Alfonso VI. El Cid then entered the service of the Muslim rulers of Zaragoza, becoming known as a general who was never defeated in battle. Revered as a hero, his exploits were celebrated in a 12th-century epic poem. According to legend, what did El Cid's wife do with his dead body? More...
This Day in History

Crash of Air Inter Flight 148 (1992)

Air Inter Flight 148's trip from Lyon to Strasbourg, France, on January 20, 1992, was relatively uneventful until it came time to land. It was then that things went horribly wrong. The autopilot was mistakenly left in the wrong mode, accelerating the descent. The crew was unaware of the approaching danger because the plane was not equipped with ground proximity warning systems. All but nine of the 96 people on board were killed in the resultant crash. What else may have contributed to the crash? More...
Today's Birthday

Joy Adamson (1910)

Adamson was a Czech-born British naturalist. After moving to Kenya in 1939, she gained global fame for her books Born Free, Living Free, and Forever Free, about her experiences raising a lion cub with her husband and returning it to its natural habitat. Adamson had similar rehabilitative success with cheetah and leopard cubs, but in 1980 her body was found in Kenya's Shaba National Reserve. Her death was initially attributed to a lion attack, but she was actually killed how? More...
Quotation of the Day
I've never any pity for conceited people, because I think they carry their comfort about with them.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

one after another

Consecutively and in quick succession, with one person or thing rapidly following another in order (and usually indicating a large amount altogether). (Often formulated as "one (noun) after another.") More...
Today's Holiday

El Pochó Dance-Drama (2022)

St. Sebastian's Day is celebrated throughout Latin America, but the dance-drama El Pochó, which takes place in Tenosique in Tabasco State, Mexico, on this day, is unique. On the morning of January 20, everyone gathers at the prearranged location: a house or a plaza. The pochoveras enter in their long skirts and embroidered blouses and perform the initial dance. Then the cojóes enter, wearing masks with exaggerated features. Soon the tigres (jaguars) invade the dance space, and the cojóes and tigres play at hunting each other until, finally, they join forces to chase the audience. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: literary

cenacle - A discussion group or literary clique—also, a small dining room where a literary or philosophic group eats and talks (from Latin cena, "dinner"), such as the room in which the Last Supper was held. More...

literary - A painting or sculpture that depicts a story can be described as "literary." More...

opuscule - A diminutive of opus, meaning a minor or small work, literary or musical. More...

copyright - Literally, "the right to reproduce" one's own work or authorize others to do so; copyright protects original artistic, literary, dramatic, musical, and intellectual work in a tangible medium. More...

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