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

Focusing Adverbs that Partially Limit Information

Focusing adverbs are used to draw attention to a particular part of a clause. Sometimes, we want to emphasize information that isn't completely limited, but rather partially limited. What is the partially limiting focusing adverb in the following sentence? "A few people were missing at the party, notably Tom." 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

Publishing Magnate Robert Maxwell Dies Mysteriously at Sea (1991)

A Czechoslovakian Jew, Maxwell fled to the UK during World War II and joined the British army. After the war, he purchased publishing house Pergamon Press. The company's success helped him win election to Parliament in 1964, but a 1969 financial scandal cost him control of Pergamon and his political career. He regained control of the company in 1974 and rejuvenated and expanded his empire. What did investigators discover about Maxwell's business dealings after his mysterious drowning death? More...
Today's Birthday

Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850)

When her Poems of Passion was published in 1883, Wheeler gained notoriety for writing "immoral" poetry. Her subsequent works showed a marked change in content, focusing on temperance, religion, and sentimental, inspirational verse. Her best known poem is "Solitude," which earned her five dollars when it was published in an 1883 issue of the New York Sun. It famously opens, "Laugh and the world laughs with you / Weep and you weep alone." What inspired her to write these lines? 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

have nine lives

To endure, continue, or survive despite a near encounter with death or disaster. From the common myth that cats have nine lives. More...
Today's Holiday

Guy Fawkes Day (2021)

On the night of November 4, 1605, 36 barrels of gunpowder were discovered beneath the Houses of Parliament in London. The conspirators of the Gunpowder Plot planned to blow up King James I to avenge laws against Roman Catholics. While Guy Fawkes didn't originate the plan, he was caught red-handed after someone tipped off the king's ministers. The following year, Parliament established November 5 as a national day of thanksgiving. Effigies of Guy Fawkes are still burned in bonfires that night, and fireworks fill the skies over Britain in remembrance of the failure of the Gunpowder Plot. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: reflection

epiphonema - An exclamatory sentence or reflection summing up a discourse. More...

rainbow - Comes from Old Norse regnbogi (becoming Old English renboga, ren, "rain," and boga, "bend, bow") and is a bow or arch of the colors of the prism that is formed in the sky opposite to the sun by the reflection, double refraction, and dispersion of the sun's rays in falling drops of rain. More...

sheet lightning - Appears as a broad sheetlike illumination of parts of a thundercloud, caused by the reflection of a lightning flash. More...

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