Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, March 25, 2019)
Word of the Day

politesse

Definition:(noun) Courteous formality; politeness.
Synonyms:chivalry, gallantry
Usage: Carl held the door for Ashley as they entered the restaurant, and she was immediately impressed with his politesse.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Distributive Determiners

Distributive determiners, also known as "distributive adjectives," are used to refer to individual members within a group or within a pair. The distributive determiners are "each," "every," "either," and "neither." What are they are used to modify? More...
Article of the Day

The Anchor

An anchor is a device cast overboard to secure a ship, boat, or other floating object by means of weight, friction, or hooks called flukes. In ancient times, anchors were often merely large stones, bags or baskets of stones, bags of sand, or, as with the Egyptians, lead-weighted logs. The Greeks are credited with the first use of iron anchors, while the Romans had metal devices with arms similar to modern anchors. What anchoring technique is used in "ultimate storm" conditions? More...
This Day in History

Sergei Krikalev, the "Last Soviet Citizen," Returns to Earth (1992)

In May 1991, the Soviet Union launched the Soyuz TM-12 mission to the Mir space station. Within months, all but one of the mission's crew members had returned to Earth. Krikalev, a Soviet flight engineer, stayed behind to help staff Mir and conduct experiments. That December, the USSR dissolved. When the cosmonaut finally returned to Earth the following spring, it was as a citizen of Russia. Krikalev has spent more time in space than any other human—how many days in total? More...
Today's Birthday

Saint Catherine of Siena (1347)

Born in Siena, Italy, as Caterina Benincasa, Catherine claimed to have mystic visions beginning in early childhood. In 1370, in response to a vision, she began sending letters to prominent figures. She later traveled to Avignon and influenced Pope Gregory XI to end the "Babylonian captivity" of the papacy and return to Rome. Although she never learned to write, she dictated hundreds of letters and some notable mystic works. Catherine is believed to have suffered from what condition? More...
Quotation of the Day
In giving rights to others which belong to them, we give rights to ourselves and to our country.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Idiom of the Day

letters after (one's) name

A series of abbreviations indicating the various levels of higher education or military honors one has received, thereby denoting a presumed level of intelligence, wisdom, or respectability. More...
Today's Holiday

San Marino Anniversary of the Arengo (2021)

The Republic of San Marino, a landlocked nation surrounded by Italy, is the smallest republic in the world. The Arengo was its first form of government, under which all of the patriarchs assembled to decide on important matters. March 25 is a national holiday commemorating the Arengo of 1906, which marked the birth of a Parliament elected directly by the people. The military corps appear in full uniform in front of Palazzo Begni; a laurel wreath is placed on the monument to the Fallen, and the ceremony continues with a mass in the Basilica to thank the founder saint, Marinus. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: small quantity

fingerfull - A pinch or small quantity. More...

quantulum - A small quantity. More...

dreg - A small remnant or a small quantity. More...

dribs and drabs - First recorded in the 19th century; both of the words mean "small quantity or amount," making this an emphatic phrase. More...

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