Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, May 7, 2021)
Word of the Day

straggly

Definition:(adjective) Spreading out in different directions.
Synonyms:rambling, sprawling
Usage: The gardener's job was to tame the yard's few straggly bushes and make them look neat and presentable for the party that evening.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Degrees of Comparison - Adverbs

Just like adjectives, adverbs have comparative and superlative degrees; adverbs in their basic forms are sometimes known as being in the positive degree. What do superlative adverbs identify? More...
Article of the Day

Hadaka Matsuri

Hadaka Matsuri—literally, "naked festival"—is a Shinto tradition observed all over Japan, usually not long after New Year's Day. Rituals related to its observance vary, but one custom that remains consistent is the dress code. For the most part, participants wear nothing more than a traditional white fundoshi, or loincloth. One particularly unusual ritual involves them chasing a fully naked man who has been specially selected for the event. What is this intended to accomplish? More...
This Day in History

RMS Lusitania Sunk by German U-Boat (1915)

The Lusitania was a British ocean liner that was sunk off the Irish coast—an area that the ship's crew had been warned to avoid—by a German U-boat during World War I. The ship's submersion took only 18 minutes, and nearly 1,200 people died. Many questions surround the incident, including why the ship sank so quickly, what caused a secondary explosion, and whether or not the vessel was transporting contraband munitions. What did dive teams recently reveal about the ship's cargo? More...
Today's Birthday

Eva Perón (1919)

Eva Perón was an actress who became a political and cultural icon as the wife of Argentine president Juan Perón. When Juan entered office in 1946, Eva became a powerful though unofficial political leader alongside her husband. Commonly known by the affectionate diminutive "Evita," she presided over the creation of a charitable foundation that gave the poor access to healthcare and built schools and whole communities for them. Why was Evita's corpse hidden for 16 years after her death? More...
Quotation of the Day
Birth, n.: The first and direst of all disasters.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

stoop labour

Hard, physical labour requiring one to bend over, especially that which would be done on a farm. Primarily heard in UK. More...
Today's Holiday

Festa di San Nicola (2022)

The Festa di San Nicola (Festival of St. Nicholas) is celebrated in Italy on the anniversary of the transfer of the saint's relics by a group of 11th-century sailors from Bari. Thousands of pilgrims come to the Basilica of San Nicola in Bari, Puglia, to worship at the saint's tomb and to ask for his help. There is a procession on this day in which a group of Barese sailors take the saint's image down to the water, where it is placed on a flower-decked boat and taken out to sea. At night the statue is returned to its place of honor on the altar of San Nicola's crypt. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: mice

murine - Means "pertaining to mice or rodents." More...

muscle - Comes from Latin musculus, "little mouse," as the ancient Romans thought their muscles wriggled like mice. More...

mussel - Also gets its name from Latin musculus. More...

dormouse - A rodent but not a mouse, it may be a corrupted form of French dormeus, "sleepy." More...

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