Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, June 7, 2022)
Word of the Day

emollient

Definition:(adjective) Softening and soothing, especially to the skin.
Synonyms:demulcent, salving, softening
Usage: In the winter, she applied emollient cream to her hands to prevent the skin from cracking.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Ungradable Adverbs

Not all adverbs are gradable in nature. For example, "absolutely," "completely," "totally," and "utterly" are all ungradable adverbs. These are used to modify ungradable adjectives, and they cannot move up and down on a scale. Do they have a comparative form? More...
Article of the Day

Big Ben

Big Ben is the nickname of the clock tower at the Palace of Westminster in London. Famous for its accuracy, the clock rings in the new year in England. Originally, only the Great Bell—the largest bell in the tower—was called "Big Ben," but eventually, the moniker was applied to the clock itself and then to the entire tower. In 2012, the iconic British landmark was officially renamed Elizabeth Tower, in honor of Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee. Who is generally accepted as the real-life "Ben"? More...
This Day in History

Earthquake Devastates Port Royal, Jamaica (1692)

In the 17th century, Port Royal was the capital of Jamaica and a popular destination for pirates to store and spend their treasure, earning the city a seedy reputation. On June 7, 1692, a devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the city, causing a large portion of it to sink into the Caribbean Sea. Between 1,000 and 3,000 people—a significant percentage of the city's population—were killed in the disaster. What nickname have archaeologists since given the city? More...
Today's Birthday

Gwendolyn Brooks (1917)

Brooks was an award-winning poet whose compositions, written in a variety of forms, deal with the experience of being black and often of being female in America. Her 1949 book of poetry, Annie Allen, received a Pulitzer Prize, the first ever awarded to an African American. In 1994, she was named the National Endowment for the Humanities Jefferson Lecturer, one of the highest honors in the American literary world. How old was Brooks when her first poem was published? More...
Quotation of the Day
Love: A temporary insanity curable by marriage.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

temper tantrum

An extreme and childish display of unreasonable anger, frustration, or distemper. More...
Today's Holiday

Holland Festival (2022)

Holland (the Netherlands) decided in 1947 to have a single festival focused on three major cities—Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and The Hague—that would cover a wide range of artistic and cultural activities and at the same time draw top international artists to the Netherlands. Nowadays the festival is centered in Amsterdam in June with nearly 150 programs. The festival offers not only performances of orchestral and choral works but opera, ballet, contemporary music, dance, theater, and film as well. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: tribe

low man - On an actual totem pole, it is really the most important man in the tribe. More...

tribe - From Latin tribus, it may refer to the three divisions of early Romans, the Latins, Sabines, and Etruscans. More...

tribunal - Originally referred to a seat or raised platform for judges, from Latin tribunus, "head of a tribe." More...

cannibal - When Columbus was trying to find the Spice Islands, he was told of a tribe of man-eating natives in Cuba and Haiti called Caribs (from which we get Caribbean) or Caniba (Columbus' rendition of the name); the word canib, meaning "brave and fierce," became cannibal, meaning "anthropophagite," a person who eats human flesh. More...

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