Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, May 16, 2018)
Word of the Day

blackguard

Definition:(noun) Someone who is morally reprehensible.
Synonyms:bounder, cad, hound, heel, dog
Usage: There, you low blackguard, that will teach you to be impertinent to a lady.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Mood

Grammatical mood refers to the way in which a verb is used to express certain meaning by the speaker or writer. Moods are broken down into two main categories. What are they? More...
Article of the Day

Cupid and Psyche

The tale of Cupid, the Roman god of love, and Psyche, his mortal lover, first appeared as one of the stories in Lucius Apuleius' second-century novel alternately known as The Golden Ass or Metamorphoses—the only Latin novel to survive in its entirety. In the folktale, the jealous goddess Venus asks her son Cupid to use his arrows to cause a beautiful mortal woman named Psyche to fall in love with the vilest creature on Earth. What happens when Cupid goes to carry out his mission? More...
This Day in History

Pope Benedict XV Canonizes Joan of Arc (1920)

Joan of Arc was a French military leader. As a girl, she began hearing voices—those of saints, she believed—exhorting her to aid the dauphin, who was being kept from the throne by the English in the Hundred Years War. Joan organized the French resistance that defeated the English siege of Orléans and had the dauphin crowned Charles VII. Captured and sold to the English by the Burgundians thereafter, she was tried for heresy and witchcraft. How old was she when she was burned at the stake? More...
Today's Birthday

Pope Innocent XI (1611)

In 1676, Benedetto Odescalchi was elected pope despite the strong opposition of Louis XIV of France, with whom he had a long, bitter quarrel over Gallicanism—a French Roman Catholic tradition of resistance to papal authority. He took the name Innocent XI. As Pope, Innocent lived very parsimoniously and sought to curb nepotism among the cardinals. He closed all of the theaters in Rome—deemed centers of vice and immorality—and brought a temporary halt to the flourishing tradition of what? More...
Quotation of the Day
If you would taste love, drink of the pure stream that youth pours out at your feet. Do not wait till it has become a muddy river before you stoop to catch its waves.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

Idiom of the Day

take a seat

To be seated; to select a place to sit. (Often an invitation or request.) More...
Today's Holiday

Florence Musical May (Maggio Musicale Fiorentino) (2022)

The Florence May Festival was first held in 1933, and it wasn't long before it had established itself as one of the most important international festivals in Italy. It offers chamber and symphonic music, ballet, and dance, and is recognized as a pioneer in its efforts to revive rare foreign and Italian operas. Most of the larger events are held in the Teatro della Pergola or the more modern Teatro Comunale, home of the festival's resident opera company. The festival regularly commissions new opera and dance productions. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: narrative

narratage - The technique of having one character in the role of storyteller or the act of inserting bits of explanation into a narrative. More...

narrative - First an adjective meaning "telling the facts of a story," from Latin narrare, which is also the base of narrate. More...

saga - Old Norse for "narrative." More...

diegesis - The narrative or plot. More...

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