Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, June 20, 2022)
Word of the Day

scatology

Definition:(noun) Obscene language or literature, especially that dealing pruriently or humorously with excrement and excretory functions.
Synonyms:vulgarism, obscenity
Usage: She hated to encounter scatology in her reading, believing it to be the lowest form of humor.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining the Superlative Degree of Adjectives

Adjectives describe a quality or characteristic of a noun or pronoun. The basic form of an adjective is sometimes known as the "positive degree." But we can also inflect an adjective to the "superlative degree." What is the superlative degree used to identify? More...
Article of the Day

Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center is a complex of 19 buildings located in Midtown Manhattan. Philanthropist John D. Rockefeller, Jr., who sponsored the project, intended to build an opera house at the site, but that plan did not materialize. Instead, his buildings house offices, shops, restaurants, broadcasting studios, and the opulently Art-Deco Radio City Music Hall, New York City's largest theater. Who designed the Prometheus of the central fountain, which overlooks an outdoor skating rink and mall? More...
This Day in History

Queen Victoria Ascends British Throne (1837)

Queen Victoria ruled the UK for more than 63 years, longer than any other British monarch. Her reign, known as the Victorian Era, coincided with the height of the Industrial Revolution and was marked by significant social, economic, and technological changes in the UK. Though the Irish Potato Famine adversely affected Victoria's popularity, she was mostly well liked. She was a carrier of the hereditary illness later dubbed the "royal disease." What is the disease called today? More...
Today's Birthday

Jean Moulin (1899)

Jean Moulin was a high-profile member of the French resistance during World War II. At Charles de Gaulle's bidding, he formed the National Council of the Resistance, which coordinated the actions of the different groups that made up the Resistance. A day after his birthday in 1943, he was captured and tortured by the Gestapo and died soon after. He is remembered as a symbol of civic virtues, moral rectitude, and patriotism. Why is Moulin often depicted wearing a scarf around his neck? More...
Quotation of the Day
The second half of a man's life is made up of nothing but the habits he has acquired during the first half.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881)

Idiom of the Day

get (one's) thinking cap on

To begin thinking or considering very carefully and seriously (about something), often to solve a problem. More...
Today's Holiday

West Virginia Day (2022)

West Virginia Day is a state holiday in West Virginia to celebrate its joining the Union in 1863 as the 35th state. The creation of the state was a result of the Civil War. The settlers of western Virginia defied the state's vote to secede from the Union, and on June 20 West Virginia formally entered the Union as an anti-slave state. The day is marked with ceremonies at the state capitol in Charleston and at the West Virginia Independence Hall in Wheeling. It was there that the conventions were held to declare West Virginia's independence from Virginia. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: tap

faucet - Probably comes from French fausset, meaning "bore, tap." More...

tattoo - In the military sense—of a signal summoning soldiers to their quarters at night—it was originally written tap-too, from a Dutch word taptoe, meaning "close the tap" (of a cask), which was told to soldiers when they were expected to return to their quarters. More...

tick, tickle - Tick, as in "sound of a clock," "mark of correctness," originally meant "light touch, tap," and its modern senses are recent developments; tickle is probably a derivative of this version of tick. More...

tit for tat - Probably borrowed from Dutch tip for tap, "blow for blow." More...

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