Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, October 29, 2016)
Word of the Day

piddling

Definition:(adjective) So trifling or trivial as to be beneath one's consideration.
Synonyms:trivial, petty, fiddling, footling, niggling, picayune, piffling, lilliputian, little
Usage: Because she had only invested a piddling sum of money, she was not worried about the stock's poor performance.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Forming a Compound Sentence with a Semicolon

Compound sentences are made up of at least two independent clauses expressing closely related ideas of equal or similar importance. When can we join the clauses using a semicolon without a conjunction? More...
Article of the Day

Kenning

Often seen in Norse, Anglo-Saxon, and Celtic literature, a kenning is a poetic phrase used in the place of a name or noun. Kennings can be complex phrases or simple two-word expressions joined to convey a meaning neither word possesses alone. A knowledge of mythology is often vital to the understanding and interpretation of these phrases. "Sail-road," "bath-way," and "whale-way" are all Old English kennings that reference the sea. What is "the flesh of the mother of the enemy of the giantess"? More...
This Day in History

Black Tuesday (1929)

In the 1920s, the US stock market expanded rapidly and reached a peak in August 1929, when prices began to decline while speculation increased. On October 24, "Black Thursday," a record 12,894,650 shares were traded. Banks and investment companies bought large blocks of stock to stem the panic, but on October 29, "Black Tuesday," 16 million shares were traded and prices collapsed. Why do some scholars contend that the stock market crash was not the cause of the Great Depression? More...
Today's Birthday

Fanny Brice (1891)

Brice was an American comedian and singer who built her act on parody and physical humor. A perennial Ziegfeld Follies star after 1910, she attained international fame with her signature torch-song parody, "My Man." Appearing in vaudeville, musicals, dramas, movies, and radio throughout her career, Brice demonstrated that a woman could succeed in entertainment without exploiting her sexuality or making a fool of herself or other women. What Broadway musical was based on her life? More...
Quotation of the Day
Poor nations are hungry, and rich nations are proud; and pride and hunger will ever be at variance.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Idiom of the Day

eureka moment

A moment or instance at which a sudden, revelatory idea, realization, or solution to a problem comes to mind. More...
Today's Holiday

Wexford Festival Opera (2019)

The Wexford Festival Opera is best known for its staging of obscure or seldom-heard operas from the 17th to the 20th centuries. Held in a small seaport community in the southeastern corner of Ireland since 1951, the festival has based its success on its choice of rare operas and relatively unknown singers, many of whom have later become quite famous. Three operas are staged during the two-week festival in Wexford's Georgian-style Theatre Royal, built in 1832. The festival also features choral and symphonic concerts and a fireworks display. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: mail

post road - One with a series of post-houses or stations for post-horses; a road on which mail was carried. More...

nixie - Any piece of mail that is unable to be forwarded because it is illegibly or incorrectly addressed. More...

post - Latin posita, "placed," gave us Italian posta, "station on a road," and became French poste, "a station for mail"—from the series of stations that fast horsemen traversed to deliver messages, giving us post, as in "mail system." More...

blackmail - The "mail" in blackmail is Scottish for "tax, tribute," referring to the tribute demanded by rebel chiefs in return for their protection. More...

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