Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, May 5, 2022)
Word of the Day

phalanx

Definition:(noun) A compact or close-knit body of people.
Synonyms:crowd, unit
Usage: The party members disagreed on many topics, but when it came to social issues, they formed a solid phalanx.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Brackets

Brackets ( [ ] ) are similar to parentheses in that they are used to contain information that does not impact the overall grammatical structure of the sentence. What are brackets usually used to indicate within quoted speech? More...
Article of the Day

Saint Paul's Cathedral

London's St. Paul's Cathedral is one of the finest churches built in the English baroque style. The original church dates back to the 7th century, but a series of fires led to architect Sir Christopher Wren redesigning the building in the 17th century. More recently, the cathedral hosted the globally televised 1981 wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Lady Diana Spencer. The cathedral's prominent form on the skyline is also used frequently in films set in London. What are some examples? More...
This Day in History

Coco Chanel Introduces Chanel No. 5 (1921)

Chanel No. 5—one of the best-known perfumes in the world—was the first fragrance from Parisian couturier Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel. It is rumored that five was Chanel's lucky number, and that she liked option number five best when given numbered sample scents during the development of her iconic perfume. Created at a time when "respectable" women favored the pure scents of garden flowers, No. 5 provocatively blended jasmine and a glandular secretion harvested from what cat-like animal? More...
Today's Birthday

Soren Kierkegaard (1813)

Kierkegaard was a Danish philosopher and theologian and is generally considered, along with Friedrich Nietzsche, to be a founder of existentialism. Much of Kierkegaard's work deals with religious problems, as he rejected organized Christianity and emphasized man's moral responsibility and freedom of choice. Kierkegaard stressed the importance of the self and argued that "subjectivity is truth" and "truth is subjectivity." Why did Kierkegaard publish many of his earlier works under pseudonyms? More...
Quotation of the Day
In the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you.

Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910)

Idiom of the Day

a sticky situation

A particularly awkward, embarrassing, precarious, or difficult situation or circumstance. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. More...
Today's Holiday

Dutch Liberation Day (2022)

Liberation Day, or National Day, in the Netherlands celebrates May 5, 1945, the day on which the Nazi forces were driven out of Holland by the Allies. Although the Dutch had succeeded in remaining neutral during World War I, the country was invaded by the Nazis in May 1940 and rapidly overrun. The liberation of Holland in 1945 was an important step toward the subsequent defeat of the Nazis. Many Dutch cities hold special concerts on this day. Special commemorations are held in Amsterdam and around the country on May 5 each year, as well as on May 4, Remembrance Day. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: tides

river estuary - The mouth of a river that is influenced by the tides. More...

ebb - Suggests the receding of something (e.g. tides) that commonly comes and goes. More...

riptide - Is actually a current, not a tide. More...

canonical hours - The seven canonical hours of the church were called tides, and tide—from an Indo-European root meaning "to divide"—is used with other words to denote a definite interval of time: noontide, Eastertide, eventide, summertide, etc. More...

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