Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, April 29, 2021)
Word of the Day

misanthropic

Definition:(adjective) Characterized by a hatred or mistrustful scorn for humankind.
Synonyms:cynical
Usage: Perhaps rendered more misanthropic by the infirmities that come with years upon a ship, she had made up her mind to kill all hands at once.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Syntax

Syntax refers to the ways in which we order specific words to create logical, meaningful sentences. What two things are required to form a complete and logical statement? More...
Article of the Day

The Second Bank of the United States

The Second Bank of the United States was chartered in 1816, just five years after First Bank of the United States lost its charter. It had numerous branches around the country and a close relationship with the US government—until 1833. That year, US President Andrew Jackson refused to renew the bank's charter on the grounds that it concentrated too much economic power in the hands of a small, moneyed elite beyond the public's control. What happened to its headquarters in Philadelphia? More...
This Day in History

Mountainside Collapses on Town in Alberta, Canada (1903)

Before dawn on April 29, 1903, millions of tons of limestone tumbled from the face of Alberta's Turtle Mountain onto the valley below, burying several buildings on the outskirts of the coal mining town of Frank. Though dozens were killed, only a handful of bodies were recovered from the debris. Scientists believe the slide was caused by a number of factors and speculate that another slide will likely occur. What legends about the slide arose in its aftermath and continue to persist today? More...
Today's Birthday

Duke Ellington (1899)

Duke Ellington was an American jazz musician and composer. Among his best-known short works are "Mood Indigo," "Solitude," and "Sophisticated Lady." He also wrote jazz works of complex orchestration for concert presentation and composed religious music, including three sacred concerts. Ellington toured Europe extensively, appeared in numerous jazz festivals and several films, and made hundreds of recordings. In 1969, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. What was his real name? More...
Quotation of the Day
Let us have done with vain regrets and longings for the days that never will be ours again. Our work lies in front, not behind us; and "Forward!" is our motto.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

Idiom of the Day

shed a tear

To cry or weep, especially from grief; to grieve or mourn in general. More...
Today's Holiday

Uesugi Matsuri (2022)

This Japanese festival, held in Yonezawa, commemorates the illustrious warrior Uesugi Kenshin (1530-1578). He is remembered for his role in a series of five battles, fought on a triangular island in the middle of the Matsukawa River, known as the Battles of Kawanakajima. The Uesugi Matsuri commemorates the warrior and his soldiers with mock battles and various costumed events, as well as a Musha Gyoretsu, a parade of warriors of the Sengoku (Warring States) Era. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: rules

lect - A regional or social variety within a language, a form of speech defined by a homogenous set of rules. More...

precisian - An overly precise person, a strict observer of rules and procedures. More...

ring - Boxing started off in circles, and when the Marquess of Queensbury introduced a set of rules in 1867, he also introduced the roped-off square, which continued to be called the "ring." More...

mistress - First meant "a woman who rules or has control," or a "woman who employs others, as servants." More...

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