Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, January 27, 2019)
Word of the Day

pertinacious

Definition:(adjective) Stubbornly unyielding.
Synonyms:dogged, dour, tenacious, persistent
Usage: When he made up his little mind to have or to do anything, all the king's horses and all the king's men could not change that pertinacious little mind.
Daily Grammar Lesson

The Modal Verbs

A modal auxiliary verb is used to change the meaning of other verbs (commonly known as main verbs) by expressing modality—that is, asserting (or denying) possibility, likelihood, ability, permission, obligation, or future intention. What are the nine "true" modal auxiliary verbs? More...
Article of the Day

Language of the Birds

In mythology, medieval literature, and occultism, the language of the birds is often considered a divine or magical language used by birds to communicate with the initiated. A wide variety of historical references to the language of birds exists: Solomon's wisdom is attributed to it, and Aesop, the legendary Greek fabulist, is said to have understood it. In Norse mythology, ravens keep the god Odin apprised of events on Earth. What beast’s blood is said to confer the ability to understand birds? More...
This Day in History

Song Dynasty General Yue Fei Is Executed (1142)

One of China's greatest generals and patriotic heroes, Yue helped establish a southern foothold for the Song dynasty while preventing the advance of the Juchen, who had taken the former Song capital in the north. However, his attempt to recapture the lost territory was opposed by one of the emperor's counselors, who earned a reputation as a traitor for relinquishing the north to the Juchen and having Yue executed. According to legend, what phrase did Yue's mother tattoo across his back? More...
Today's Birthday

Jerome Kern (1885)

Kern was one of the major US creators of the musical. With lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II, he wrote his most important work in 1927—Show Boat—in which he integrated lyrical text with the dramatic demands of plot and character to create the first American musical play. He became one of the most influential songwriters in American musical theater and is credited with more than 1,000 songs, including the standards "Ol' Man River" and "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes." How did he cheat death in 1915? More...
Quotation of the Day
Pathos, piety, courage,—they exist, but are identical, and so is filth. Everything exists, nothing has value.

E. M. Forster (1879-1970)

Idiom of the Day

help (someone) out of a fix

To help someone avoid or escape from some troublesome, difficult, or dangerous position or situation. More...
Today's Holiday

Mozart Week (Mozartwoche) (2022)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born on January 27, 1756. Every January since 1956, his birthday has been celebrated by the people of Salzburg, Austria, where he was born, with a music festival devoted entirely to his works. The festival also prides itself on presenting many of his lesser known works, which are seldom performed elsewhere. Concerts are given in a number of sites associated with Mozart's life, including the Mozarteum Building, St. Peter's Church, the Salzburg Cathedral, and even Mozart's home. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: refuge

asylum - Comes from Greek asulon, "refuge," from asulos, "inviolable." More...

bast - A word for an asylum, refuge, or sanctuary. More...

harbor - First meant "shelter" and "lodging," and that is how the word first entered English place-names, as a "place of shelter; refuge" for a crowd of people. A port is a haven for vessels and it is equipped for loading and unloading ships, while a harbor is a haven for vessels but does not necessarily have onshore facilities. More...

redoubt - Has no connection to "doubt," but comes from French redoute and Latin reductus, "hidden place, refuge, stronghold." More...

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