Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, November 5, 2017)
Word of the Day

patter

Definition:(verb) Plausible glib talk (especially useful to a salesperson).
Synonyms:line of gab, spiel
Usage: The automobile salesman spoke about the old car so approvingly and at such length that the customers soon began to grow tired of his patter.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Indefinite Pronouns: People and Things

Quite a few indefinite pronouns can be used to refer to either people or things. In such cases, we rely on context or other elements of the sentence to know which. What are some indefinite pronouns that can refer to both things and people? More...
Article of the Day

Inaugural Games of the Flavian Amphitheater

In 80 CE, Roman Emperor Titus celebrated the completion of the Colosseum, then known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, with lavish games that lasted for more than 100 days. Though accounts of the events are scarce, the games likely featured gladiatorial combat and battle reenactments, executions staged as recreations of myths and historical events, and animal entertainment that included extravagant hunts and fights between different species. What exotic animals are said to have done battle? More...
This Day in History

The Gunpowder Plot Is Thwarted (1605)

Angered by King James I's refusal to grant more religious toleration to Catholics, a group of conspirators plotted to blow up Parliament and kill the king. The plot was discovered, and conspirator Guy Fawkes was arrested in a cellar under the palace at Westminster, where he had concealed 36 barrels of gunpowder. Under torture, he revealed the names of his coconspirators, and they were all either killed while resisting arrest or executed in 1606. How is November 5 celebrated in England today? More...
Today's Birthday

William James Durant (1885)

Durant was an American historian and essayist. In 1926, he published The Story of Philosophy, which soon became a bestseller. He then began a decades-long project—the writing of a comprehensive history of civilization. The result was The Story of Civilization, a monumental, 4,000,000-word, 10,000-page work stretching from prehistory to the 19th century. The series, published in 11 volumes from 1935 to 1975, introduced millions to intellectual history. Who coauthored the work? More...
Quotation of the Day
The gratification of wealth is not found in mere possession or in lavish expenditure, but in its wise application.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

false modesty

A vain or hypocritical pretense of holding a low or humble opinion of oneself, one's abilities, or one's circumstance so as to encourage others to say the opposite. More...
Today's Holiday

Dhan Teras (2018)

Dhan Teras or Dhanvantri Trayodashi is observed two days prior to Dewali, the Hindu Festival of Lights. It is held in honor of Dhanvantri, the physician of the gods and the father of Indian medicine, whom doctors in particular worship on this day. According to Hindu mythology, the gods tried to produce the elixir known as amrita by churning up the ocean. Dhanvantri rose up out of the water bearing a cup filled with it. On this day Hindus rise at dawn and bathe, put on new robes, and fast. In the evening, they light an earthen lamp before the door of the house and break their fast. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: offer

bid - Derives from Old English beodan, "to offer or command." More...

carrot-and-stick - Refers to an offer of reward countered by the threat of punishment. More...

blind fold - Worn by the Greek statue for justice so she cannot see the bribes being offered to her, hence, blind justice. More...

cast pearls before swine - To offer something valuable to someone who does not appreciate it. More...

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