Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, July 11, 2016)
Word of the Day

contumely

Definition:(noun) A rude expression intended to offend or hurt.
Synonyms:insult, revilement, vilification, abuse
Usage: I can bear Dishonor, public insult, many shames, Shrill scorn, and open contumely, but he Who filches from me something that is mine ... he Perils his soul and body in the theft And dies for his small sin.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Periods

The period (also known as a full stop, especially in British English) is a punctuation mark ( . ) primarily used to indicate the end of a sentence. When typing, how many spaces should be used after a period? More...
Article of the Day

The Battle of Alcatraz

A failed escape from Alcatraz Island Federal Penitentiary by six inmates in 1946 prompted a massive security response involving the San Francisco Police Department, US Coast Guard, FBI, Air Force, and Marines. Two guards and three prisoners were killed during the two-day confrontation that has come to be known as "The Battle of Alcatraz," and two more prisoners were later executed for their role in the incident. How many years passed before prisoners attempted another escape from Alcatraz? More...
This Day in History

UK Court Finds Gay News and Its Editor Guilty of Blasphemy (1977)

The June 3, 1976, issue of the British newspaper Gay News included James Kirkup's poem "The Love that Dares to Speak Its Name," which depicts Jesus as a homosexual. Mary Whitehouse—a media watchdog known for her "Clean Up TV" campaign—described the poem as a "blasphemous libel" and sought charges against Gay News and its publisher, Denis Lemon. On July 11, 1977, a jury found Lemon guilty, and his later appeal to the House of Lords was unsuccessful. What was Lemon's sentence? More...
Today's Birthday

Elwyn Brooks "E. B." White (1899)

After starting his writing career as a reporter, White settled in New York and became known for his impeccable prose style as a contributing editor of New Yorker magazine. Talented in diverse genres, he collaborated with James Thurber on satire, wrote the classic children's books Stuart Little and Charlotte's Web, and revised William Strunk Jr.'s grammar and composition text The Elements of Style, which became a definitive writing guide. How did White know Strunk? More...
Quotation of the Day
A steady hand in governing of military affairs is more requisite than in times of peace, because an error committed in war may, perhaps, prove irremediable.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

be a long shot

To be very risky, uncertain, or unlikely to succeed. (Of an attempt, proposition, or guess.) More...
Today's Holiday

Naadam (2021)

This Mongolian festival, sometimes spelled Nadaam, spotlights three major sports events. Its history goes back to the 13th century; today, it is held from July 11-13 in provinces throughout the country. The fairs bring together the nomadic people, who pitch a city of yurts or gers (felt tents). Wrestling is usually the first event, the second sport is archery, and the last of the traditional sporting events is horse racing. When night falls, a bowed stringed instrument called a matouqin is played, and people sit by their yurts talking, dancing, and drinking aromatic butter tea and kumys. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: supported

whatnot - A series of open shelves supported by two or four upright posts, for displaying knickknacks. More...

oriel - A large, upper-story bay window, usually supported by brackets or on corbels. More...

portico - Describes a covered walkway with a roof supported by columns and usually attached as a porch to a building. More...

felly, felloe - The felly or felloe is the exterior rim on a wheel or the section of rim supported by a spoke. More...

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