Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, March 7, 2020)
Word of the Day

venial

Definition:(adjective) Easily excused or forgiven.
Synonyms:pardonable, forgivable
Usage: He was given a slap on the wrist for the venial offense.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Viewpoint Adverbs

Viewpoint adverbs are often confused with evaluative adverbs. Although they are similar in form, and the specific adverbs used can overlap, the two actually serve different functions. While evaluative adverbs are used to give an opinion, viewpoint adverbs are used to indicate what? More...
Article of the Day

Troubadours

Troubadours were members of a class of poet-musicians that flourished in southern France and northern Spain and Italy from the 11th to the 13th century. They wrote and performed in the local Occitan language and cultivated an intricate lyric poetry that reflected the ideals of chivalry and courtly love. Often knights themselves, they were favored in royal courts and enjoyed great freedom of speech. Though usually amatory in nature, some troubadour compositions address other topics, like what? More...
This Day in History

Alexander Graham Bell Awarded US Patent for Telephone (1876)

Originally an audiologist, professor, and teacher of the deaf, Bell became interested in the idea of transmitting sound waves by wire when he misread a thesis by a German physicist. He mistakenly believed that the thesis implied such a transmission was possible. It did not, but Bell's idea was sound. Later, he described his mistranslation as a "valuable blunder." Three days after receiving a patent for his device, he spoke the first sentence ever transmitted by telephone. What was it? More...
Today's Birthday

Luther Burbank (1849)

The 13th child of a Massachusetts farmer, Burbank received little formal education, yet he went on to become a groundbreaking horticulturist. Influenced by Charles Darwin's writings, he began breeding plants at age 21. The rapid success of his Burbank potato, the russet variety of which is now the most widely-grown potato in the US, allowed him to move to California and establish an experimental farm, where he developed more than 800 varieties of plants. What is his spineless cactus used for? More...
Quotation of the Day
I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently?

Lewis Carroll (1832-1898)

Idiom of the Day

harp away at (someone or something)

To complain about or dwell upon someone or something repeatedly and to the point of tediousness. More...
Today's Holiday

Bal du Rat Mort (2020)

A huge carnival and ball, Bal du Rat Mort is concentrated in the casino of Ostende, Belgium, but also spread out all over the town. The carnival began at the end of the 19th century, launched by members of the Oostende Art and Philanthropic Circle (Circle Coecilia) who named the affair for a café on Montmartre (a hilly part of northern Paris, home to many artists) where they had whiled away pleasant hours. People are masked at the ball, and there's a competition for the best costume. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: impact

fighting fire with fire - Early American settlers had to put out great prairie fires and learned that setting a circle or strip of land on fire could stop the path or lessen the impact of a big fire—giving us the phrase "fighting fire with fire." More...

freezing rain - Rain that freezes on impact with the ground or objects. More...

draw - The billiard ball's recoil after impact. More...

impinge, infringe - To impinge is to come into contact or encroach or have an impact; to infringe is to encroach on a right or privilege or to violate. More...

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