Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, June 27, 2021)
Word of the Day

felicitate

Definition:(verb) To offer congratulations to.
Synonyms:congratulate
Usage: I felicitate you on your memory, sir.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Mitigators

Mitigators are adverbs or adverbials that modify adjectives and adverbs to reduce their intensity, making them seem less extreme or powerful. What is the difference between mitigators and intensifiers? More...
Article of the Day

Poets Laureate

Poets laureate are officially appointed by governments, often for the purpose of composing poems for events of national importance or raising awareness of literary arts. The term "laureate" comes from the Greek tradition of bestowing a laurel wreath upon heroes. Many countries have poets laureate, but the role originated in England, where Ben Jonson was most likely the first poet laureate in 1617. The post did not become a regular institution until 1670 with the appointment of what famous poet? More...
This Day in History

The Battle of Dettingen (1743)

In 1713, Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI issued the Pragmatic Sanction, which stated that a female heir could inherit his lands. When his daughter Maria Theresa became queen in 1740, the War of Austrian Succession erupted. Austrian, British, German, and Dutch troops formed the Pragmatic Army, named in support of the sanction, and defeated French troops in the Battle of Dettingen, despite having no access to supplies. In the battle, what did King George II do that no British monarch has done since? More...
Today's Birthday

Louis XII of France (1462)

King of France from 1498 to 1515, Louis XII succeeded his cousin Charles VIII. Called the "Father of the People" by his subjects, Louis maintained his popularity by ruling with moderation. Despite early victories, he was unsuccessful in asserting French claims in Italy after he met resistance from Pope Julius II's "Holy League." Though his failures in Italy did not tarnish his image in France, they were the subject of a commentary in a famous work by what Italian political theorist of the time? More...
Quotation of the Day
If there is one person I do despise more than another, it is the man who does not think exactly the same on all topics as I do.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

Idiom of the Day

loaf about

To waste time idly; to spend time doing little or nothing. More...
Today's Holiday

Martyrdom of Joseph and Hyrum Smith (2021)

Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, also known as Mormons, commemorate the day on which their founder, Joseph Smith, and his brother, Hyrum, were murdered in the city jail in Carthage, Illinois, in 1844. Joseph had announced his candidacy for presidency earlier that year; as the mayor of Nauvoo, Illinois, Smith saw to it that the press used to print the opposition newspaper was destroyed. Threats of mob violence followed, and Smith and his brother were jailed for treason. A mob of men stormed the jail on June 27 and killed them, thus elevating them to the status of martyrs. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: opportunity

El Dorado - A place offering fabulous wealth or opportunity (after the legendary place in South America, "the gilded one"). More...

ease - First meant "opportunity, ability," or "means to do something." More...

hint - First meant "an occasion or opportunity." More...

occasion - Once had the specific sense of "an opportunity for finding fault or giving offense." More...

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