Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, July 8, 2022)
Word of the Day

calamitous

Definition:(adjective) Having extremely unfortunate or dire consequences; bringing ruin.
Synonyms:disastrous, fatal, fateful, black
Usage: Sire, I ask your majesty's pardon for the calamitous news which I bring.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Linking Verbs

Linking verbs are used to describe the state of being of the subject of a clause. Unlike action verbs, they connect the subject to the predicate of the clause without expressing any action. What are linking verbs also known as? More...
Article of the Day

Princess Caraboo

"Princess Caraboo" was a famous imposter in 19th-century England. Her real-name was Mary Baker, and she was a cobbler's daughter. She invented a fictitious language and created an exotic persona, claiming to be Princess Caraboo from the island of Javasu. She alleged that she had been captured by pirates but managed to jump from their ship and swim to safety. For several weeks, Princess Caraboo enjoyed the hospitality and company of local society. How was her true identity finally uncovered? More...
This Day in History

Sweden Defeated at the Battle of Poltava (1709)

During the Great Northern War, neighboring countries sought to break Swedish supremacy in the Baltic area. Its most famous battle is likely the Battle of Poltava, which occurred after Charles XII of Sweden invaded Ukraine and—lacking reinforcements and seeking a stronghold—laid siege to Poltava. When the battle began, 45,000 Russian troops faced just 14,000 Swedish soldiers. The Russian victory effectively ended Sweden's role as a major power. What did the Russians do with the Swedish prisoners? More...
Today's Birthday

Ferdinand, Graf von Zeppelin (1838)

Zeppelin began working with balloons for human transport as an observer during the American Civil War. In 1891, he retired from the Prussian army to devote himself to building motor-driven airships. Zeppelin invented the first rigid airship in 1900, but the experiment exhausted his funds. Luckily, public opinion was so strongly in favor of his airship project that donations largely financed his future work. Whom did his granddaughter later threaten to sue for sullying her family's name? More...
Quotation of the Day
No enemy is worse than bad advice.

Sophocles (496 BC-406 BC)

Idiom of the Day

talk twenty to the dozen

To talk (to someone) very rapidly, hurriedly, and/or energetically. More...
Today's Holiday

Caribbean Festival (Feast of Fire) (2022)

The annual Caribbean Festival in Santiago de Cuba, also known as the Feast of Fire, is dedicated to preserving and promoting the cultural traditions of the Caribbean. In addition to numerous performances of music and dancing, there are exhibitions of culinary arts, painting, crafts, drama, religious rituals, and poetry. Each year the festival gives special focus to one of the Caribbean countries. The "Serpent Parade" is a high point of the Festival, with throngs of dancing people winding their way through the streets of Santiago de Cuba. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: lift

heavy - From the Proto-Germanic verb khabjan, "lift," came the noun khabiz, "weight," which begat the Dutch hevig and then English heavy. More...

hover - Comes from hove, "raise, lift, rise" or "linger, wait." More...

lift - The action of cutting a deck of cards used to be called the lift. More...

weigh - First meant "carry, lift, bear, raise up." More...

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