Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, May 11, 2020)
Word of the Day

gadget

Definition:(noun) A device or control that is very useful for a particular job.
Synonyms:appliance, contraption, contrivance, gizmo, widget, convenience
Usage: David has this fancy new gadget that can peel a whole head of garlic in seconds.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Common Prepositional Errors

Some common errors that arise when trying to determine the appropriate preposition to use with a particular kind of verb. How are prepositions used with transitive verbs? More...
Article of the Day

Chinchorro Mummies

Dating to 6,000 BCE, the Chinchorro mummies of South America are the world’s oldest—a few thousand years older than their Egyptian counterparts. The Chinchorro mummification process evolved over centuries and typically involved removing the skin; stripping tissue from bone; replacing the tissue with ash paste, fur, or plant fiber; and re-covering the body with its skin. The face and other details were modeled in clay, and the body was painted. What was unique about the people who were mummified? More...
This Day in History

Bob Marley Succumbs to Cancer at Age 36 (1981)

Born in a small Jamaican village and raised in the slums of Kingston's Trench Town, Marley overcame tremendous hardship to become a groundbreaking singer, songwriter, and guitarist. He propelled reggae to worldwide popularity, creating music that reflects his commitment to nonviolence and the Rastafarian religion. In 1975, Marley released "No Woman, No Cry," a song that brought him international fame. Marley was diagnosed with cancer in 1977 but refused the recommended medical treatment. Why? More...
Today's Birthday

Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (1827)

Carpeaux was a French sculptor and painter whose works demonstrate his interests in movement and baroque art. Initially a student under Francois Rude, Carpeaux won the Prix de Rome in 1854 and then studied the works of Michelangelo, Donatello, and Verrocchio in Rome. In 1861, he made a bust of Princess Mathilde, which brought him several commissions from Napoleon III, and became a favorite of the court. Why did La Danse, his sculpture on the facade of the Paris Opera, create a scandal? More...
Quotation of the Day
Books must follow sciences, and not sciences books.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

take a bawling out

To receive a very severe rebuke, chastisement, or scolding (from someone). More...
Today's Holiday

Frost Saints' Days (2022)

These three consecutive days in May mark the feasts of St. Mammertus, St. Pancras, and St. Servatus. In the wine-growing districts of France, a severe cold spell occasionally strikes at this time of year, inflicting serious damage on the grapevines; some in rural France have believed that it is the result of their having offended one of the three saints, who for this reason are called the "frost saints." French farmers have been known to show their displeasure over a cold snap at this time of year by flogging the statues and defacing the pictures of Mammertus, Pancras, and Servatus. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: scent

breath - From an Old English word meaning "scent, smell." More...

flair - Comes from Latin fragrare, "smell sweet," and was first the ability to detect the "essence" or "scent" of something and know how to act accordingly. More...

red herring - Something intended to be misleading or distracting, so named from the practice of using the scent of red herring in training hounds. More...

relish - First meant "odor, scent," then "taste, flavor." More...

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