Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, February 10, 2020)
Word of the Day

assiduity

Definition:(noun) Great and constant diligence and attention.
Synonyms:concentration
Usage: Nell immediately applied herself with great assiduity to the decoration and preparation of the room.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Ending a Sentence with a Preposition

Nearly every grammar guide agrees that it is acceptable and often more correct to end a sentence with a dangling preposition than to rewrite the sentence specifically to avoid it. Why? More...
Article of the Day

William II of England

William Rufus was a Norman king of England who disliked the English and their culture and was, in turn, despised by his subjects and in conflict with the church. He inherited the throne in 1087 from his father, who had conquered England, and he ruled until 1100, subjugating Scotland and Wales. He never married or produced offspring, and his younger brother succeeded him after he was killed by a misfired arrow. Why do some question whether his death was really an accident? More...
This Day in History

The St. Scholastica Day Riot (1355)

Oxford is one of the most prestigious universities in the world, but its history is not without blemish. In 1355, some students got into an argument with a local tavern keeper over the quality of his alcohol. This escalated into a physical altercation that then snowballed into an all-out riot between the university's students and townspeople. When the dust settled days later, 63 students and a number of townspeople were dead. Which side paid reparations to the other for the next 470 years? More...
Today's Birthday

Dominique Pire (1910)

Pire was a Belgian Dominican friar who devoted himself to helping the poor and to promoting peace. Witnessing the horrors of World War II, he became active in the anti-German resistance. After the war, he devoted himself to caring for the refugees, writing a book about the issue, founding aid organizations, and building villages to house displaced persons. He was rewarded for his humanitarian efforts with a Nobel Peace Prize in 1958. What "university" did he found thereafter? More...
Quotation of the Day
Did it ever strike you, on such a morning as this, that drowning would be happiness and peace?

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Idiom of the Day

plastic grin

A forced, artificial smile; a smile someone wears despite having no feelings of happiness or joy. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of St. Paul's Shipwreck (2022)

This feast is a commemoration in Malta of the shipwreck of St. Paul on the island in 60 CE, an event told about in the New Testament. When storms drove the ship aground, Paul was welcomed by the "barbarous people" (meaning they were not Greco-Romans). According to legend, he got their attention when a snake bit him on the hand but did him no harm, and he then healed people of diseases. Paul is the patron saint of Malta and snakebite victims. The day is a public holiday, and is observed with family gatherings and religious ceremonies and processions. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: shop

chippy - A shop that sells fish and chips can be called a chippy. More...

odditorium - A shop for oddities or oddments (broken parts or parts of once-complete sets). More...

shop, store - At first, shop designated a small retail establishment and store was applied only to a large establishment; now the differences are blurred. More...

stationer - A bookseller who had a regular "station" or shop at a university, unlike most booksellers, who were itinerant vendors. More...

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