Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, February 14, 2015)
Word of the Day

doggerel

Definition:(noun) Crudely or irregularly fashioned verse, often of a humorous or burlesque nature.
Synonyms:jingle
Usage: I want the man I love and honor to be something finer and higher than a perpetrator of jokes and doggerel.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Past Continuous Tense

Also called the past progressive, the past continuous tense is used to describe something that was in progress at a certain moment in the past. Why is it called the past continuous? More...
Article of the Day

The Great Mississippi Flood

The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 was the most destructive river flood in US history. Following heavy rains in 1926, the Mississippi River broke out of its levee system in 145 places, causing over $400 million in damages and killing 246 people in seven states. After the disaster, the federal government took over flood-control work—stabilizing river banks, improving channels, and constructing levees, floodwalls, floodways, and reservoirs. What famous song was written about the flood? More...
This Day in History

Israeli Knesset Convenes for the First Time (1949)

In May 1948, following a failed attempt by the UN to divide Palestine, which had been under British mandate, the new nation of Israel proclaimed its independence. The first legislative assembly, or Knesset, convened in February 1949. It succeeded the Assembly of Representatives that had functioned as the Jewish community's parliament during the Mandate era. Although the 120 legislators of the Knesset are elected every four years, the average lifespan of a Knesset is about two years. Why? More...
Today's Birthday

Renée Fleming (1959)

Fleming is an American soprano who specializes in opera and lieder, a type of German art song intended for soloists. The daughter of two music teachers, Fleming graduated from SUNY Potsdam in 1981 with a degree in music education and went on to study at Eastman School of Music and Juilliard. Her professional debut was in Austria in 1986. She has won numerous awards for her roles in opera and for the classical music she has recorded. What did Fleming do to pay for her studies at Juilliard? More...
Quotation of the Day
She had a pretty gift for quotation, which is a serviceable substitute for wit.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

guilt complex

A very strong and persistent feeling of guilt regarding something or some event. More...
Today's Holiday

Birthday of Richard Allen (2017)

The son of two slaves, Richard Allen (1760-1831) was born in Philadelphia on this day. By the time he was 26 years old, he had saved enough money to buy his way out of slavery, and soon after that he established America's first African-American church. Allen's work among African Americans expanded at such a rapid rate that in 1816 he had to expand the organization of his church nationwide. Members of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church commemorate the birth of their founder and first bishop on this day. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: trousers

fob - A small pocket close to the waistband of trousers. More...

galluses - Another name for suspenders for trousers. More...

plus fours - Got their name (c. 1920) from the fact that such trousers were made four inches longer than standard knickerbockers or shorts, which came to just above the knee. More...

trousers, trouse - The singular of trousers is trouse. More...

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