Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, December 27, 2019)
Word of the Day

factious

Definition:(adjective) Of, relating to, produced by, or characterized by internal dissension.
Synonyms:divisive
Usage: Fouquet has raised against your majesty a troop of factious rioters to extricate his friends from punishment.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Subject-Auxiliary Inversion

Inversion refers to the reversal of the normal position of the subject and the auxiliary verb of a clause. Subject-auxiliary inversion is commonly used to create what kind of sentence? More...
Article of the Day

Memento Mori

In an iconic scene from Shakespeare's play Hamlet, the titular prince contemplates the skull of the former court jester Yorick, juxtaposing his jocular existence and his death. The skull is an example of a memento mori—an object intended to remind people of the inevitability of death. Derived from a Latin phrase meaning "be mindful of dying," the term has a tradition in art that dates back to antiquity. What famous paintings feature a memento mori? More...
This Day in History

The Hagia Sophia Is Completed (537 CE)

Distinguished by its size and rising succession of domes, the Hagia Sophia is the supreme masterpiece of Byzantine architecture. First a church, later a mosque, and now a museum, it was designed under Justinian I by Anthemius of Tralles and Isidorus of Miletus and completed in less than six years. Its combination of a longitudinal basilica with a main building was wholly original in the sixth century, as was its use of pendentives. The Hagia Sophia stands on the site of what earlier structure? More...
Today's Birthday

Marlene Dietrich (1901)

Dietrich was a German actress and singer. Abandoning an early ambition to be a violinist, she turned to acting and gained international attention as a femme fatale in The Blue Angel (1930). She then moved to Hollywood, where she starred in a series of films that established her glamorous and sophisticated persona. Resisting Nazi pressure to return to Germany, she became a US citizen in 1939. During WWII, she regularly entertained Allied troops, appearing before them how many times? More...
Quotation of the Day
All meanings, we know, depend on the key of interpretation.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

go at (something)

To engage in or undertake something with great energy, enthusiasm, or vigor. More...
Today's Holiday

Dian Fossey Day (2019)

American conservationist Dian Fossey (1932-1985) conducted groundbreaking research on Rwanda's mountain gorillas, a species long victimized by wide-scale poaching, and helped ensure their preservation. Fossey was murdered in her cabin at a research center in the Virunga Mountains on December 27, 1985. Ceremonies for the anniversary of her death take place in Volcanoes National Park, which contains a permanent memorial to the zoologist. Individuals typically perform traditional dances, while government officials deliver speeches and lay wreaths on her grave site. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: select

elegant - Comes from Latin eligere, "select." More...

eximious - Means "choice, excellent, select," or "distinguished." More...

garble - Originally meant "to sort out" or "to select in a biased way," and was applied to the selection and sorting out of individual passages from a person's writings or any separation of the good from the bad, of a selection of the worst and setting aside the better; it evolved to mean "to jumble, scramble." More...

select - From Latin legere, "choose," with the prefix se-, "apart." More...

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