Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, June 26, 2020)
Word of the Day

mesmerize

Definition:(verb) To hold (someone) as if spellbound.
Synonyms:spellbind, bewitch
Usage: She was mesmerized by the snake's intricate, colorful scales and could not help but take an inadvisable step toward it.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Other Categories of Speech

Speech is usually divided between two types: direct speech and reported speech. There are also two other sub-categories of speech that we use. What are they? More...
Article of the Day

The Crow

Crows are highly intelligent birds that can easily be tamed, yet they are regarded by Western cultures as harbingers of doom because of their dark plumage, unnerving calls, and the fact that they have been known to loiter around battlefields, feed on corpses, and destroy grain crops. They are smart enough to recognize individual humans and can hold grudges against specific people. Due to their sensitivity to it, crows are a good indicator of the spread of what virus that also attacks humans? More...
This Day in History

Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" Is Published (1948)

Published by the The New Yorker the same month it was written, Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" instantly became one of the most controversial stories ever run by the esteemed magazine. Hundreds of outraged readers cancelled their subscriptions or wrote letters expressing their confusion and anger over the story's meaning. Now considered a classic, the chilling story matter-of-factly describes an annual lottery in a bucolic American town in which one person is selected for what? More...
Today's Birthday

Abner Doubleday (1819)

Doubleday was a US Army officer who distinguished himself in the American Civil War. He fired the first shot in defense of Fort Sumter and saw action at Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Gettysburg. He also served in the Mexican and Seminole Wars. He retired from the army in 1873 and wrote many articles, including two accounts of his war experiences, drawing on his 67 volumes of diaries. For years, accounts persisted that he invented the game of baseball in Cooperstown, New York, in 1839. Did he? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

hit on all cylinders

To operate, perform, function, or proceed exceptionally well or at the greatest possible speed or efficiency. More...
Today's Holiday

Heidi Festival (2020)

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: ignorant

ignore, ignorant - Ignore and ignorant are from Latin i-, "not," and gno-, "know." More...

nescient - Can mean "ignorant" or "agnostic," coming from Latin ne, "not," and scire, "know." More...

nice, nicety - Nice first meant "foolish, ignorant," derived from Latin nescius, "ignorant"; nicety first meant "stupidity." More...

rude - Derives from Latin rudis, "uncultivated," and first meant "uneducated, ignorant." More...

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