Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, March 19, 2022)
Word of the Day

portmanteau

Definition:(noun) A large leather suitcase that opens into two hinged compartments.
Synonyms:Gladstone
Usage: With both sides stuffed to capacity, he needed to sit on top of the portmanteau in order to close it.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Adverbs of Frequency

Adverbs of frequency tell us how often something happens or is the case; they can describe verbs and adjectives, but they do not modify other adverbs. What are adverbs of frequency also called? More...
Article of the Day

The Taming of the Shrew

The Taming of the Shrew is one of William Shakespeare's earlier comedies. Its central plot involves the marriage of the violently tempered Katherina to Petruchio, who claims he can tame her wild ways. The comedy has inspired, among other things, a Broadway Musical, a number of Hollywood movies, and a 2000 Brazilian soap opera. How have some modern critics responded to the play's seemingly misogynistic tones? More...
This Day in History

Sydney Harbour Bridge Opens (1932)

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of Australia's major landmarks, connecting Sydney's central business district with the North Shore. Nicknamed the "coat hanger" because of its arch-based design, it is among the world's widest and longest bridges, and it towers as much as 440 feet (134 m) above the harbor. Despite opening during the Great Depression, the bridge was heralded by lavish festivities. How did a member of a right-wing paramilitary group interrupt the bridge's ribbon-cutting ceremony? More...
Today's Birthday

Dinu Lipatti (1917)

Lipatti was a Romanian pianist whose career was tragically cut short by Hodgkin's lymphoma at age 33. Despite a relatively short playing career and a small recorded legacy, Lipatti is considered among the finest pianists of the 20th century. He was much admired for his pianistic technique, and he is noted for his interpretations of Mozart, Bach, and Chopin. As a teen, Lipatti came in second in the Vienna International Piano Competition. How did his failure to take first place impact his future? More...
Quotation of the Day
Human life consists in mutual service.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935)

Idiom of the Day

be rushed off (one's) feet

To be exceptionally busy, especially to an exhausting or exasperating degree; to be made to work very hard and very quickly. More...
Today's Holiday

San José Day Festival (2022)

The San José Day Festival at Laguna Pueblo, New Mexico, used to take place only on St. Joseph's Day, March 19. Today it is also celebrated on September 19, when freshly harvested crops can be sold and festivities enjoyed in the summer weather. The fiesta's events reflect both traditional Laguna events and the Roman Catholic influence common to the pueblos. There are Catholic masses and processions honoring St. Joseph as well as traditional Laguna dancing. Attendees, including other native peoples, can also enjoy a carnival with rides, numerous food stands, and sporting events. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: vote

co-opt - "To select (someone) for a group or club by a vote of members," it is from Latin cooptare, "to choose as a colleague or member of one's tribe"; its sense of "take over" came by 1953. More...

ostracism - In ancient Greece, when it was proposed that a person be sent into exile, a vote was taken and the method of registering the vote involved putting the name on a piece of broken pottery called ostrakon; casting the vote was ostrakizein, giving us English ostracism. More...

red state, blue state - A red state is any U.S. state that tends to vote for candidates of the Republican party in a general election; a blue state votes for Democratic candidates. More...

chirotonize - To elect by voting or to vote. More...

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