Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, May 16, 2020)
Word of the Day

lollygag

Definition:(verb) To waste time by puttering aimlessly; dawdle.
Synonyms:footle, hang around, mill about, tarry, loiter, lounge, lurk, linger, loaf
Usage: I spent my vacation just lollygagging around my house, but now it is time to get back to work.
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

The Necklace of Harmonia

The fabled Necklace of Harmonia is a cursed object of Greek myth. It was made as a means of revenge by Hephaestus, god of fire and metalwork, after he discovered that his wife, Aphrodite, was having an affair with Ares. He gave the lovely necklace to Harmonia, Aphrodite’s daughter by Ares. The necklace was said to grant eternal beauty and youth, but it also cursed anyone who wore it. Generations later, it kept what widowed queen young and beautiful, allowing her to unwittingly marry her own son? 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
Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is man's original virtue.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

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: technical

spod - A studious person who is quite socially inept or dull or a person who pursues an unfashionable, technical, or esoteric interest with obsessive dedication. More...

masterpiece - Originally, it was used in a technical or academic sense to apply to a work that was presented to a medieval guild for qualification as a "master." More...

technical, technic - Technical is based on technic, an adjective meaning "pertaining to art," from Greek tekhne, "art." More...

technicize - To make technical. More...

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