Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, June 26, 2019)
Word of the Day

flagitious

Definition:(adjective) Shockingly brutal or cruel.
Synonyms:atrocious, monstrous, grievous
Usage: All faults or defects, from the slightest misconduct to the most flagitious crime, Pantocyclus attributed to some deviation from perfect regularity in the bodily figure.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Hyphens

A hyphen ( - ) is used primarily to join two or more words to form a new, compound word or to provide clarity when using certain affixes (such as prefixes). What is a hanging hyphen? More...
Article of the Day

Father Divine

George Baker was a controversial African-American spiritual leader. He began preaching to poor Blacks in the rural American south, moved north, and established the Peace Mission Movement in New York City in 1919. Calling himself Father Divine and claiming to be God, he attracted a large following in New York and Philadelphia. He preached communal living and racial equality and prohibited tobacco, liquor, and cosmetics. Which infamous cult leader claimed to be the reincarnation of Father Divine? More...
This Day in History

Elvis Presley Gives Last Concert (1977)

Elvis Presley, now known to millions as "The King of Rock 'n' Roll," became a national sensation in 1956 and dominated the world of rock music until 1963. His most successful songs include "Heartbreak Hotel," "Love Me Tender," and "Don't Be Cruel." His success spawned a spate of B-movie appearances, but his popularity waned in the late 60s, and he developed a drug dependence and died in 1977 at age 42. What theories do some fans cite in their claims that Elvis did not really die in 1977? More...
Today's Birthday

George Edward Stanhope Molyneux Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon (1866)

An enthusiastic amateur Egyptologist, Carnarvon was an English aristocrat who funded several excavations in Egypt. After pursuits in Thebes, he joined forces with English Egyptologist Howard Carter to search for Tutankhamun's tomb in the Valley of the Kings. In 1922, the two opened the young Pharaoh's crypt, discovering treasures unsurpassed in the history of archaeology. Carnarvon's death a year after the discovery became linked to the legendary "Mummy's Curse." What really killed him? More...
Quotation of the Day
An utterly fearless man is a far more dangerous comrade than a coward.

Herman Melville (1819-1891)

Idiom of the Day

throw (one's) toys out of the pram

To behave in a petulantly upset or angry manner; to act like an angry child. Primarily heard in UK. More...
Today's Holiday

Heidi Festival (2022)

The town of New Glarus, Wisconsin, has celebrated the annual Heidi Festival since the 1960s. Founded in 1845 by immigrants from the Swiss canton of Glaurus, the town of New Glarus, Wisconsin, continued to attract Swiss immigrants over the years. Today it celebrates its cultural heritage in its yearly Volksfest and Heidi Festival. The Heidi Festival revolves around four performances of Heidi, Johanna Spyri's well-known play about a young Swiss shepherdess. The festival also includes opportunities to enjoy Swiss music, food, and dancing. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: melancholy

elegiac - Can mean "melancholy, mournful." More...

brown study - Gloomy meditation or melancholy is known as being in a brown study. More...

hypochondria - First referred to the upper abdomen and the organs under the ribs (liver, gall bladder, spleen)—thought to be the source of melancholy. More...

tristful - Means "full of melancholy or sadness." More...

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