Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, April 7, 2022)
Word of the Day

detriment

Definition:(noun) A damage or loss.
Synonyms:hurt
Usage: Her employers were understanding, and she was able to take a long leave of absence without detriment to her career.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Evaluative Adverbs

Most adverbs describe how or when an action occurs. Evaluative adverbs are different. Instead of giving us information about the action itself, evaluative adverbs are used by the speaker to comment or give an opinion on something. What do evaluative adverbs modify in a sentence? More...
Article of the Day

John Donne

Donne was one of the greatest 17th century metaphysical poets. His characteristically rigorous poetry and prose reflect that school's belief in reason over emotion and mysticism. Author of the famous phrase, "for whom the bell tolls," a reference to the tolling of church bells upon someone's death, Donne is reported to have slept next to a portrait of himself in his funeral shroud. More...
This Day in History

Rwandan Genocide Begins (1994)

In 1993, after years of conflict between the Hutu and Tutsi ethnic groups in Rwanda, a new accord was signed and a UN peacekeeping mission was established. However, when Rwanda's and Burundi's presidents were killed in a suspicious plane crash in April 1994, civil strife erupted on a massive scale. Rwandan soldiers and Hutu gangs slaughtered an estimated 500,000 to 1 million people, mostly Tutsis and moderate Hutus, in the 100 or so days before the Tutsis regained power. What has happened since? More...
Today's Birthday

Charles Fourier (1772)

Fourier was a French social philosopher who developed a form of utopian socialism known as Fourierism. He proposed the idea that the natural passions of humans would, if properly channeled, result in social harmony. The social organization for such development was to be based on an economic unit composed of 1,620 people living in a single community building and dividing work according to their interests and desires. Why did he designate 1,620 as the ideal number of persons in a phalanx? More...
Quotation of the Day
Take care, your worship, those things over there are not giants but windmills.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

sounding board

A person or group with whom one discusses an idea, plan, or suggestion in order to evaluate its strengths, acceptability, feasibility, practicality, etc. More...
Today's Holiday

Armenia Motherhood and Beauty Day (2022)

This is a national holiday in Armenia, celebrated each year on April 7. It comes not long after another national holiday, Women's Day, which is celebrated on March 8. Women's Day is meant to honor all women, but Motherhood and Beauty Day is dedicated especially to those who have become mothers. Children and adults alike show their affection for their mothers with special visits, cards, and gifts. Sending flowers to one's mother is an especially popular way to mark this holiday. Another tradition associated with the day is the gift of a twig that has fresh sprouts on it. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: treasure

hamper - A food basket for a picnic, it is a phonetic reduction of the word hanaper, "plate basket," or "repository for treasure." More...

garrison - At first, it meant "store, treasure." More...

treasure - Based on Greek thesauros. More...

treasure trove - From French, literally meaning "found treasure." More...

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