Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, November 22, 2021)
Word of the Day

argot

Definition:(noun) A specialized vocabulary or set of idioms used by a particular group.
Synonyms:jargon, lingo, patois, vernacular, slang, cant
Usage: He was a natural linguist, and he kept notebooks, making a scientific study of the workers' slang or argot, until he could talk quite intelligibly.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Constructing Phrasal Verbs

Phrasal verbs are made up of a verb + a preposition or an adverbial particle, and their meaning is uniquely tied to each particular combination. What is a particle? More...
Article of the Day

Sappho

The subject of many legends, Sappho was a Greek lyric poet who lived more than 2,500 years ago on the island of Lesbos, where she was the leader of a thiasos, an informal female community. Her verse is characterized by her passionate love of nature and women, the latter of which gave rise to the term lesbian, derived from the name of her island home. She wrote in a variety of meters, one of which has come to be known as "Sapphic" in her honor. How many of Sappho's complete poems have survived? More...
This Day in History

Cutty Sark Is Launched (1869)

The tea trade in the 1860s and 70s was intensely competitive, with merchant ships racing to be the first to arrive in London with that year's crop from China. It was for this purpose that the three-masted clipper Cutty Sark was originally built. She became one of the swiftest and most celebrated British clippers, but within a few years of her launch, steamships had largely supplanted clippers in the tea trade, so she began carrying other cargos. What is the origin and meaning of her name? More...
Today's Birthday

George Eliot (1819)

Eliot, born Mary Ann Evans, was raised with a strong religious piety but broke with orthodoxy in her 20s and turned to fiction, writing such classic Victorian novels as Silas Marner, Daniel Deronda, and Middlemarch, in which she developed a method of psychological analysis that would become a characteristic of modern fiction. Although her novels are serious in tone, they still contain humorous moments. With which philosopher did Eliot have a lengthy, scandalous affair? More...
Quotation of the Day
Long brooding over those lost pleasures exaggerates their charm and sweetness.

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863)

Idiom of the Day

oat opera

A film or theatrical production about the American West (i.e., a western), especially one that is clichéd or formulaic. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Cecilia's Day (2021)

According to her apocryphal acts, which date from the fifth century, St. Cecilia was a Roman from a noble family who was put to death for her Christian beliefs; how she became the patron saint of music and musicians is not exactly known. In 1683, a musical society was formed in London especially for the celebration of St. Cecilia's Day. It held a festival each year at which a special ode was sung. The poet John Dryden composed his "A Song for St. Cecilia's Day" in 1687 for this purpose. There are still many choirs and musical societies that bear her name today. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: holes

caster - A container with holes in the top for sprinkling something like sugar or pepper. More...

chad - A hole poked out of cards or paper. More...

latebricole - Some animals are latebricole, living in holes. More...

canal - The holes in a sponge are called canals. More...

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