Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, June 12, 2016)
Word of the Day

fetor

Definition:(noun) An offensive odor; a stench.
Synonyms:malodor, reek, stench, stink, mephitis
Usage: He waited in the basement, trying to ignore the moldy fetor that permeated the air.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Adjectives

Adjectives are used almost exclusively to modify nouns, as well as any phrase or part of speech functioning as a noun. Some adjectives appear directly before (or sometimes directly after) the noun or pronoun they modify. What are these called? More...
Article of the Day

The Carolingian Renaissance

Beginning in the late 8th century, the Carolingian Renaissance was a period of literary and artistic growth during which the study of architecture, jurisprudence, and scriptures blossomed. Peaking during the reigns of Charlemagne and Louis the Pious, the era also saw the development of Medieval Latin and Carolingian minuscule, which provided a common language, writing style, and method of communication for scholars throughout Europe. Why do some dispute the legitimacy of this "renaissance"? More...
This Day in History

The Battle of Cold Harbor Ends (1864)

Cold Harbor was one of the bloodiest and most lopsided engagements of the US Civil War. As many as 13,000 Union soldiers were killed, injured, or captured in the assault on the fortified Confederate line, whereas the Confederates suffered only a few thousand casualties. After two weeks of battle, Union General Ulysses S. Grant decided he could not justify his losses and ordered a retreat, later expressing regret over the disastrous assault. Whose remains did soldiers discover while entrenching? More...
Today's Birthday

Harriet Martineau (1802)

A chronically ill woman who lost her hearing in childhood, Martineau nevertheless went on to become a prolific and enormously popular English author. The sister of a minister, she first published articles on religious subjects, but it was her series of books on economics written for the layman that brought her renown. After a visit to the US in 1834, she became an abolition advocate and wrote several critical works on American culture. What Charles Dickens character may have been based on her? More...
Quotation of the Day
Is all our Life, then but a dream
Seen faintly in the golden gleam
Athwart Time's dark resistless stream?

Lewis Carroll (1832-1898)

Idiom of the Day

(one's) heart's desire

Something one very much wants or needs. More...
Today's Holiday

Common Ridings Day (Selkirk) (2020)

Many Scottish border towns hold a ceremony known as Common Ridings or Riding the Marches in June or July. The custom dates back to the Middle Ages, when it was often necessary to reconfirm boundaries in order to retain royal charters. The two main observations of Common Ridings occur in Selkirk and Haywick in June. In Selkirk, the event is combined with a commemoration of the 1513 Battle of Flodden, in which King James IV of Scotland and 10,000 others were killed. The Royal Burgh Standard Bearer leads a cavalcade of 200 riders around the borders of the town common. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: tube

canyon - Gets its name from Spanish canon, "tube." More...

catheter - A tube inserted for withdrawing bodily fluids, it comes from Greek kathienai, "send or let down." More...

fuse - Comes from Italian fuso, "spindle," from Latin fusus, "spindle," as it originally referred to the casing or tube filled with combustible matter. More...

piping - Icing applied from a tube with a nozzle. More...

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