Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, June 23, 2020)
Word of the Day

vituperation

Definition:(noun) Abusive or venomous language used to express blame or censure or bitter, deep-seated ill will.
Synonyms:invective, vitriol
Usage: From one open shop came the sound of blows and vituperation, and just as the officer came up to it a man in a gray coat with a shaven head was flung out violently.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Particles

A particle is a word that does not have semantic meaning on its own, but instead relies on the word it is paired with to have meaning. What are the only two things that a particle is used to create? More...
Article of the Day

The Crocodile Bird

The Egyptian plover is commonly called the "crocodile bird" because of a legend attributed to the ancient Greek historian Herodotus. Supposedly, these birds would pick scraps from the teeth of crocodiles, and, in exchange for the dental service, grateful crocodiles would refrain from eating the plovers. Despite anecdotal evidence, the legend is unconfirmed. Instead of being incubated, plover eggs are buried beneath a small layer of warm sand. By what unusual method do plover chicks drink water? More...
This Day in History

Edgardo Mortara Kidnapped from Jewish Family after Secret Baptism (1858)

Mortara, the son of a Jewish couple living in the Papal States, was secretly baptized Catholic as an infant by a panicked servant during an infantile illness. The baptism was deemed valid by the Catholic Church and, because canon law forbade non-Christians from raising Christian children, Pope Pius IX ordered the six-year-old Mortara to be taken to Rome as his ward. Several countries objected to the pope's decision and called for the boy to be returned to his parents. What became of Mortara? More...
Today's Birthday

Wilma Glodean Rudolph (1940)

Rudolph was the first American woman to win three gold medals in track and field in a single Olympic Games. She accomplished this despite having contracted numerous serious illnesses as a child, including polio, which damaged her leg and required her to wear a brace for some time. At the 1960 Games, she won gold in the 100-meter dash, the 200-meter dash, and as part of the 4x100 meter relay. She finished the 100-meter dash in world-record time but was not credited with the record. Why? More...
Quotation of the Day
If any question why we died, tell them, because our fathers lied.

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

Idiom of the Day

live on a shoestring

To live within a very tight or limited financial budget. More...
Today's Holiday

St. John's Eve and Day (Jans vakars) (Latvia) (2021)

This Midsummer festival is Latvia's greatest feast of the year. It begins on St. John's Eve, when boys and girls meet in the village squares; the young people gather flowers, herbs, and grasses to make wreaths that will be used in ceremonies the following day. They also practice Ligo songs, which are based on the traditional Latvian daina, a short, unrhymed song in which epic and lyric elements are mixed. Lighting bonfires is also a tradition on St. John's Night; young people jump over the fires in the belief that it will ensure a good harvest. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: hatch

booby hatch - First a kind of wooden hood over a hatch, readily removable. More...

covey - Comes from French couver for the act of sitting on eggs ("covering" them) to hatch them. More...

down the hatch - A drinking toast of nautical origin. More...

hatch - The lower half of a divided door. More...

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