Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, February 24, 2020)
Word of the Day

sprite

Definition:(noun) A small being, human in form, playful and having magical powers.
Synonyms:fairy, fay
Usage: She seemed rather an airy sprite, which, after playing its fantastic sports for a little while upon the cottage floor, would flit away with a mocking smile.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Adverbs of Indefinite Frequency

The frequency adverbs that are used most often are adverbs of indefinite frequency. As the name suggests, these are adverbs that give a sense of frequency but do not specify exactly how often something happens or is the case. "Usually" is an example of an adverb of indefinite frequency. What are some others? More...
Article of the Day

Viking Longships

Longships were the boats used by the Vikings of Scandinavia and Iceland for trade, exploration, and warfare between the 8th and 11th centuries. Long and narrow, the boats were designed for speed and were propelled by teams of rowers, sometimes aided by sails. They were shallow enough to land on beaches and light enough to be carried over land. They were also double-ended and could reverse direction quickly. Why, according to legend, were crows brought along on some longship voyages? More...
This Day in History

Nazi Party Founded in Germany (1920)

The term National Socialist—or Nazi, for short—was added to the name of the German Workers' Party the year after it was founded. On the day it was renamed, swiftly-rising new member Adolf Hitler outlined the party's official platform before 2,000 people, its largest audience yet. During the Great Depression, millions of jobless voters joined the party, and in 1932 it became the largest bloc in the Reichstag. How did Hitler manage to make it the only political party in Germany? More...
Today's Birthday

John Peter Wagner (1874)

Wagner was an American baseball player who led the National League in batting eight times. He entered the majors in 1897, and played for Pittsburgh most of his career. Though massively built, he was agile, leading his league in stolen bases five times and scoring almost 1,800 runs. He retired in 1917 but returned to coach the Pirates for almost two decades. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1936. Fans called him "The Flying Dutchman" for his speed, but he had another nickname. What was it? More...
Quotation of the Day
To flatter and follow others, without being flattered and followed in turn, is but a state of half enjoyment.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Idiom of the Day

handwaving

Actions, words, or ideas that are meant to impress or appear convincing but which are in reality insubstantial or inconsequential. More...
Today's Holiday

Maslenisa (Russian Butter Week) (2020)

Carnival is known as Butter Week or Maslenitsa in Russia because Russians consume so many rich foods throughout this week, the last before the Lenten fast. Bliny, Russian-style pancakes served with sour cream or butter, are eaten all week long and have come to symbolize the feast. In many areas people enjoy winter sports such as sledding, ice skating, and snowball fights. In some places people mark the end of Carnival by making huge hand-sewn dolls that represent winter and tossing them onto burning bonfires. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: sip

delibation - A taste or sip. More...

sip - Probably a modification of sup. More...

tiff - Weak or diluted liquor; to tiff is to drink liquor slowly or sip it. More...

dibble - "To drink like a duck," lifting up the head after each sip. More...

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