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

Mitigators and Intensifiers

Adverbial phrases are commonly formed when an adverb's intensity is being modified by another adverb. These modifying adverbs are known as "mitigators" and "intensifiers." How do mitigators and intensifiers each function in a sentence? 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

Anna Magnani (1908)

An illegitimate child abandoned by her parents and raised by her grandparents in a Roman slum, Magnani overcame incredible odds to become an internationally acclaimed, Academy Award-winning actress. She began her performing career singing bawdy street songs in the nightclubs of Rome, but before long she was starring on the stage and screen, earning recognition for her dynamic and forceful portrayals of earthy, lower-class women. A believer in the supernatural, Magnani claimed to have what power? 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

leather-lunged

(used before a noun) Having an extremely or inordinately loud or strong voice, as of someone with very robust lungs. More...
Today's Holiday

Bike Week (2021)

Bike Week is the largest motorcycle meet in the world, held for 10 days in Daytona Beach, Florida. The highlight of the week is the Daytona 200 race, which attracts competitors from all over the world. Other races include a three-hour U.S. Endurance Championship race and vintage motorcycle races on Classics Day. These events take place in the Daytona Beach Municipal Stadium and on the Daytona International Speedway. Another popular feature of the week is a parade of over 5,000 motorcycles, and concerts and trade shows are held throughout the week. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: skirt

bustle - A stuffed pad or cushion worn under the skirt of a woman's dress, it had a synonym of "dress-improver." More...

kick pleat - The slit in the back of a skirt or coat that allows more freedom of movement. More...

A-line - A dress or skirt shaped like an A, created by Christian Dior. More...

skirt - The ice cream at the base of a scoop of ice cream in a cone. More...

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