Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, December 30, 2021)
Word of the Day

edacious

Definition:(adjective) Characterized by voracity; devouring.
Synonyms:ravenous, voracious, wolfish, esurient, rapacious, ravening
Usage: The edacious vultures soon devoured the animal's remains.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Voice

Voice is a grammatical feature that describes the relationship between the verb and the subject in a sentence. There are two main types of voice: active voice and passive voice. There is also a third type of voice that is less commonly used. What is it called? More...
Article of the Day

Horsepower Indeed

Early streetcars had horsepower, literally; they were drawn by horses or mules and called "horsecars." By the late 1880s, there were 415 street railway companies in the US. However, horses could only work for about four hours a day and needed to be groomed, fed, and housed—and they left behind tremendous amounts of waste. These issues, coupled with the introduction of the overhead trolley system in 1887, spelled the end of the horsecar era. Where was the last functional horsecar in the US? More...
This Day in History

The Iroquois Theater Fire (1903)

Billed as "absolutely fireproof," Chicago's Iroquois Theater was filled with mostly women and children—out of school for the holidays—for a matinée on December 30, 1903, when a curtain caught fire. One actor tried calming the audience, but panic spread. Many escape routes were unmarked, and a stampede ensued. As people fled, the cold air they let in fed the inferno. More than 575 people died—a death toll more than double that of the famed 1871 Chicago Fire. What show had packed the theater? More...
Today's Birthday

Titus (39 CE)

The son of Roman emperor Vespasian, Titus gained renown as a military commander and was given command of the Praetorian Guard after repressing the Jewish rebellion in Judea. Upon succeeding his father in 79 CE, he pursued a policy of conciliation and sought popular favor. A benevolent ruler, he halted prosecutions for treason and spent lavishly on subjects, a practice that earned him goodwill in Rome but caused his successor financial trouble. What two disasters struck during his reign? More...
Quotation of the Day
A common and natural result of an undue respect for the law is, that you may see a file of soldiers ... marching in admirable order over hill and dale to the wars, against their wills, ay, against their common sense and consciences.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Idiom of the Day

not have a penny to (one's) name

To be extremely poor; to have very little or no money to spend. More...
Today's Holiday

Rizal Day (2021)

A national holiday in the Philippines, Rizal Day commemorates the execution of the national hero, Dr. José Rizal, on this day in 1896. Flags fly at half-staff throughout the country, and special rites are led by the president at the 500-foot Rizal Monument in Manila. Writing from Europe and denouncing the corrupt ruling of the Philippines by Spanish friars, Rizal became known as a leader of the Philippine reform movement. He had no direct role in the nationalist insurrection, but he was arrested, tried for sedition, and executed by a firing squad. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: painter

paysagist - A painter of landscapes. More...

pointillist - A painter who creates separate dots of pure color instead of mixed pigments; the pronunciation is PWAHN-tuhl-ist. More...

pictorial - First meant "pertaining to a painter or painting," as it derives from Latin pictor, "painter." More...

picturesque - Based on Italian pittore, "painter," its original meaning was "in the style of a painter." More...

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