Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, March 25, 2022)
Word of the Day

obstreperous

Definition:(adjective) Noisily and stubbornly defiant.
Synonyms:unruly
Usage: Although the teacher ordered them to sit down, the obstreperous boys continued their antics.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Reporting Verbs

In reported speech, we use reporting verbs to introduce the information that was spoken previously. The most common so-called "reporting verbs" are "say" and "tell." When we use "tell," what else do we need to use? More...
Article of the Day

La Florida

In 1513, Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León set out from Puerto Rico, sailing northeast through the Bahamas. He soon sighted the Florida peninsula, which he believed was actually an island, and in early April, he became the first European to reach it. His discovery coincided with the Easter feast, Pascua Florida, and is perhaps the reason why he named the land he claimed for Spain "La Florida." What legendary site do many believe the explorer was searching for when he found Florida? More...
This Day in History

Saturn's Largest Moon Is Discovered (1655)

Titan is Saturn's largest moon and the second largest moon in the solar system. It was discovered by Dutch astronomer Christiaan Huygens in 1655 and remains the only natural satellite in the solar system known to have a significant atmosphere. The thick, opaque atmosphere obscures the surface, but some surface detail has been observed via the Hubble Space Telescope. When the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft arrived on Saturn in 2004, it revealed that Titan's surface has what in common with Earth? More...
Today's Birthday

Arturo Toscanini (1867)

Internationally recognized as one of the world's great conductors, Toscanini first took the baton as a substitute conductor in Brazil. Toscanini's artistry is preserved in recordings, notably of the symphonies of Beethoven and works by Brahms, Wagner, Verdi, and others. A tempestuous personality greatly respected by his performers, he also served as musical director of La Scala, Milan, and of the Metropolitan Opera, New York City. Before becoming a conductor, Toscanini studied what instrument? More...
Quotation of the Day
Talent, lying in the understanding, is often inherited; genius, being the action of reason or imagination, rarely or never.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)

Idiom of the Day

sit a spell

To sit down, relax, and socialize for a while at one's leisure. More...
Today's Holiday

Tichborne Dole (2022)

The custom of handing out a dole, or allotment of flour, to the village poor in Tichborne, Hampshire, England, dates back to the 12th or 13th century. Lady Mabella Tichborne, who was on her deathbed at the time, begged her husband to grant her enough land to provide an annual bounty of bread to the poor, who were suffering from a recent failure of the wheat crop. On March 25, or Lady Day, each year, villagers in need of assistance gather at the porch of Tichborne House to claim their portion of the gift: a gallon of flour for adults, half as much for children. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: luck

hapless, happiness - Hapless means one is lacking hap, "good fortune, luck"; the words happy and happiness also have the root "hap." More...

happen - Fairly new to English, from hap, "chance, luck," which was borrowed from Old Norse happ. More...

fortune - Latin fors, "chance," formed fortuna, "that which fate brings along," hence fortune, "luck" or "good luck." More...

potluck - Comes from the practice of throwing leftovers in a pot—with luck determining how good the stew would taste. More...

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