Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, October 22, 2020)
Word of the Day

intrepid

Definition:(adjective) Invulnerable to fear or intimidation.
Synonyms:audacious, dauntless, fearless, brave, hardy
Usage: The intrepid climber, undeterred by the knowledge that none had yet survived an attempt to summit this peak, eagerly set out from base camp.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Order of Adjectives

In English, the order of adjectives can sometimes be flexible, but most of the time we use a very specific order. To avoid unnatural-sounding sentences, what types of adjectives are used first? More...
Article of the Day

The White Movement

The Bolshevik-backed Red Army, formed in the aftermath of the 1917 Russian Revolution, was named for the traditional color of the workers' movement. After the subsequent Russian Civil War resolved in favor of the Bolsheviks and the Red Army, the iconic red flag of the USSR, identified with Communism, was adopted. Fighting against the Bolsheviks in the Revolution, and against the Red Army in the Civil War, was a movement named for a different color—the White Movement. Why white? More...
This Day in History

The Metropolitan Opera House Opens with a Performance of Faust (1883)

New York City's Metropolitan Opera House is the leading US opera company. It opened in 1883 after having been founded by a group of millionaires who had failed to get boxes at the prestigious and exclusive Academy of Music. The "Met" soon outshined its rival and is now considered one of the world's premier opera stages. Originally located at Broadway and 39th Street, it moved into the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in 1966. Who were among the Met's founding millionaires? More...
Today's Birthday

Sarah Bernhardt (1844)

The illegitimate child of a courtesan, Bernhardt was encouraged to pursue a theatrical career by one of her mother's lovers. Her acting teachers did not consider her a particularly promising student, but they turned out to be sorely mistaken; Bernhardt went on to become the premier romantic and tragic actress of her day, touring all over the world during her six-decade career on stage and screen. What morbid possession may have helped "the Divine Sarah" reach her potential as a tragedienne? More...
Quotation of the Day
When you have really exhausted an experience you always reverence and love it.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

(someone's) hands are full

Someone is too busy or has too much going on to be able to do or become involved with anything else. More...
Today's Holiday

Hi Matsuri (2021)

On the evening of October 22, people light bonfires along the narrow street leading to the Kuramadera Shrine in Kurama, a village in the mountains north of Kyoto, Japan. Fire is a purifying element according to Shinto teachings, and the village is believed to be protected from accidents on this night. Soon after dusk, torches are lit. Even babies are allowed to carry tiny torches made of twigs, while young men carry torches so large it sometimes takes several men to keep them upright. Everyone chants "Sai-rei! Sai-ryo!" ("Festival, good festival!") as they walk through the streets. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: sword

sheath - Seems to have first been a split stick that a sword could be inserted into. More...

spades - As a suit in a deck of cards, it has nothing to do with spades as tools, but comes from Spanish espada, "sword." More...

spay - A shortening of a French word espeer, meaning "cut with a sword." More...

gladiator, gladiate - The main Latin word for sword was gladius, from which came gladiator; gladiate is an adjective meaning sword-shaped. More...

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