Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, July 11, 2022)
Word of the Day

sardonic

Definition:(adjective) Scornfully or cynically mocking.
Synonyms:wry
Usage: He continued to grin with a sardonic humor, with a cynical mockery and defiance.
Daily Grammar Lesson

What vs. Which

The interrogative adjectives "what" and "which" are often interchangeable. In most instances, we can use either one without causing confusion for the reader. However, if there is clearly a limited number of options to choose from, which interrogative adjective is preferred? More...
Article of the Day

Origami

Origami is the traditional Japanese art of folding paper into decorative or representative shapes. Its early history is unknown, but it likely developed from the older art of folding cloth. Over the centuries, an extensive literature has developed around the art form, helping spread the practice far beyond Japan's borders. The crane is a favorite subject of the origami tradition. According to legend, anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish. What is kirigami? More...
This Day in History

S.A. Andrée Attempts to Reach the North Pole by Balloon (1897)

After gaining funding from the likes of King Oscar II and Alfred Nobel and generating widespread public interest, Swedish explorer Salomon August Andrée and two companions departed from Norway's Svalbard for the North Pole in a hydrogen balloon. They flew for two days before a hydrogen leak grounded the balloon, forcing the poorly equipped trio to travel on pack ice. Three months later, the men reached the island of Kvitøya, where they eventually died. When was their last camp finally found? More...
Today's Birthday

Nicolai Gedda (1925)

Gedda is a famed Swedish tenor known for his vocal control. He has made some 200 recordings and is said to be the most recorded tenor in history. In 1952, he made his debut at the Royal Swedish Opera and went on to collaborate with conductor Herbert von Karajan. Gedda then went to Italy and gained international fame, performing all over the world at venues such as the Paris Opera and the Metropolitan Opera. How did Gedda go from being a bank teller to a world-famous tenor? More...
Quotation of the Day
The weather is like the government, always in the wrong.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

Idiom of the Day

the unwashed masses

The broader general public, especially those of the lower and lower-middle classes. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Placidus Festival (2022)

Sankt Placidusfest is a religious procession held on July 11 at Disentis, Switzerland, in honor of St. Placidus, who was murdered near the Benedictine abbey that he and St. Sigisbert helped establish there in 614. Every year, the relics of St. Placidus and St. Sigisbert are carried in a solemn procession from the abbey to the parish church and back through the village to the abbey. Traditionally, during the ceremonies, parishioners in colorful folk costumes chant the old, and very long, "Song of St. Placidus." More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: ranch

biscuit shooter - A waitress at a lunch counter or a cook on a ranch. More...

dude, dude ranch - A dude is a city-dweller, especially one vacationing on a ranch—hence, dude ranch. More...

ranch dressing - A creamy buttermilk-based dressing with garlic and other spices and herbs, developed at Hidden Valley Ranch in Santa Barbara in the 1950s. More...

ranch - From Spanish rancho, "group of persons eating together." More...

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