Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, December 31, 2015)
Word of the Day

buffoonery

Definition:(noun) Acting like a clown or buffoon.
Synonyms:clowning, harlequinade, prank, frivolity
Usage: Mrs. Williams had little patience for the class clown's buffoonery, and she would often send him to the principal's office.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Predicate Nouns

Nouns that follow linking verbs are known as "predicate nouns" (or sometimes "predicative nouns" or "predicate nominatives"). What do they serve to do? More...
Article of the Day

Man O' War

Man o' War, a large, reddish-colored colt, was owned and bred by August Belmont, Jr. The colt raced for only 2 years, but in that short time, he won 20 out of his 21 races and set five world records. One of the most renowned stallions in the history of American thoroughbred racing, Man o' War went on to become a leading sire, producing more than 64 stakes winners and 200 champions. What was Man O' War's relationship to Seabiscuit? More...
This Day in History

The Vandals Invade Gaul (406 CE)

An ancient Germanic tribe that originated in North Jutland, the Vandals began a decades-long migration in the early 5th century. The violent path they cut through Europe made their name synonymous with senseless destruction. Crossing the Rhine in 406 CE, they invaded their first stop, Gaul. The Roman-allied Franks refused to allow them to settle there, so the Vandals devastated the region and kept moving. By the time they sacked Rome in 455 CE, they had established a kingdom of their own—where? More...
Today's Birthday

Henri Matisse (1869)

One of the premier artists of the modern period, Matisse left his law career after taking up painting during an illness in 1890. He explored Impressionism but instead began to use vivid primary color as a structural element. He became a leader of the short-lived Fauvist movement, and by 1909, he had achieved worldwide fame. After 1939, he became increasingly active as a graphic artist. His contribution to 20th-century art is inestimable. Which of his paintings was burned in effigy in 1913? More...
Quotation of the Day
Only as we live, think, feel, and work outside the home, do we become humanly developed, civilized, socialized.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935)

Idiom of the Day

(it's/there's) no use crying over spilt milk

It does no good to get upset over a bad decision or unfortunate event that has already come to pass and cannot be changed. More...
Today's Holiday

Watch Night (Eulonia, Georgia) (2020)

Watch Night services are held every New Year's Eve at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in the village of Eulonia, Georgia. The heart of the event is a "ring-shout" performance by the McIntosh County Shouters, made up of call-and-response singing, counter-clockwise dance movements, and interlocking rhythms created with hand-clapping and stick beating. Watch Night is a solemn yet joyful Christian vigil on the last night of the year. Because the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect at midnight on January 1, 1863, African Americans have invested the occasion with added significance. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: tame

daunt - Comes from Latin domare, meaning "to tame." More...

amenage - To amenage something is to domesticate or tame it. More...

cicurate - To tame or domesticate, render mild or harmless. More...

dompt - "To tame or subdue; daunt." More...

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