Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, February 8, 2020)
Word of the Day

veracious

Definition:(adjective) Precisely accurate.
Synonyms:right
Usage: The trial transcript provides me with a veracious account of all that transpired in the courtroom.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Possessive Determiners vs. Possessive Personal Pronouns

Possessive determiners are often confused with possessive personal pronouns ("mine," "yours," "his," "hers," "its," "ours," "theirs") since some of the forms overlap. How do possessive pronouns differ from possessive determiners? More...
Article of the Day

The House of Esterházy

The House of Esterházy was a Hungarian noble family that rose to prominence in the Middle Ages and had, by the 18th century, acquired the most land of any family in the Habsburg Empire and accumulated more wealth than the emperor himself. Esterházys held important governmental, ecclesiastical, diplomatic, and military posts in Hungary well into the 20th century. One of the most generous art patrons of all time, Nikolaus Joseph Esterházy built Esterházy palace and supported what famous composer? More...
This Day in History

The "Devil's Footprints" Appear in Devon, England (1855)

In February 1855, the Devil, perhaps consumed with wanderlust, apparently took a 40- to 100-mile stroll across Devon, England. His outing might have passed unnoticed, except that it was snowing heavily at the time. When residents awoke, they were dismayed to find unusual cloven hoofprints all over the place—not just on the ground but also on obstacles like walls and even roofs. Of course, it is possible that something other than the Prince of Darkness made these tracks. What are some theories? More...
Today's Birthday

Il Guercino (1591)

Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, better known as Il Guercino ("The Squinter"), was an Italian painter whose work had a profound impact on the development of 17th-century Baroque decoration. One of the outstanding draftsmen of his age, he was known for his frescoes, altarpieces, oils, and drawings. When he was 30, he was called to Rome by Pope Gregory XV and spent a productive two years there. Later, he moved to Bologna and was its leading painter until his death. How did he get his nickname? More...
Quotation of the Day
A moral being is one who is capable of reflecting on his past actions and their motives—of approving of some and disapproving of others.

Charles Darwin (1809-1882)

Idiom of the Day

like piffy on a rock bun

Conspicuous but ignored or left out, especially from a group or activity. (A "rock bun" or "rock cake" is a type of hard cake with currants; what "piffy" refers to is unknown.) Primarily heard in UK. More...
Today's Holiday

Yaya Matsuri (2022)

The Yaya Matsuri, held in Owase, Japan, during the first five days in February, features mikoshi (portable shrines) carried through the streets by groups of young men who meet and deliberately crash into each other. The festival takes its name from their shouts—"Yaya! Yaya!"—as they run into one another. Several special events, including dances, are held during the five-day festival. On the last night, there is a ceremony at the Owase Shrine to determine who will participate in the festival the next year. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: silence

obmutescence, obmutescent - Obmutescence is the act of becoming mute or silent—usually a stubborn, willful act; if you are inclined to silence, you are obmutescent. More...

oyez - Meaning a call for silence and attention, it descends from Anglo-Norman oyez/oiez, "to hear" or "hear ye." More...

silential - Describing something performed in silence. More...

omerta - The code of silence in the Mafia, from the Italian word for "humility." More...

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