Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, August 1, 2022)
Word of the Day

legate

Definition:(noun) An official emissary, especially an official representative of the pope.
Synonyms:official emissary
Usage: Cardinal Giovanni Battista Caprara was the legate of Pope Pius VII in France.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Ditransitive Verbs

"Ditransitive verbs" take two objects: a direct object and an indirect object. The direct object relates to the person or thing that directly receives the action of the verb, while the indirect object relates to the person or thing that indirectly receives or benefits from the action as a result. Where does an indirect object appear in a sentence? More...
Article of the Day

Isadora Duncan

Duncan was a pioneer of modern dance. Though born in the US, she was never very popular there. It was in Europe where she achieved great acclaim. An innovator and liberator of expressive movement, Duncan rejected the conventions of classical ballet and gave lecture-demonstrations of what she called "the dance of the future." Inspired by the drama of ancient Greece, she danced barefoot while wearing revealing Greek tunics and flowing scarves. How did her fondness for scarves lead to her death? More...
This Day in History

New London Bridge Opens (1831)

The London Bridge of nursery-rhyme fame was built around 1200. Damaged by many fires over the years, it was replaced with a new, five-arched, granite bridge in 1831. The New London Bridge spanned the city's River Thames for over a century. In 1968, American entrepreneur Robert P. McCulloch purchased and reconstructed the bridge in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, where it has since become Arizona's second biggest tourist attraction after the Grand Canyon. How much did McCulloch pay for the bridge? More...
Today's Birthday

Jerry Garcia (1942)

Garcia was the lead guitarist and vocalist of the psychedelic rock band the Grateful Dead. His inimitable improvisational playing style helped make the Grateful Dead one of the most popular touring bands in the country. Closely involved with the San Francisco hippie movement, Garcia became heavily addicted to drugs but decided to turn his life around after emerging from a diabetic coma in 1986. He was at a drug rehabilitation center when he died suddenly in 1995. What caused his death? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is easier to get into the enemy's toils than out again.

Aesop (620 BC-560 BC)

Idiom of the Day

wit's end

A state of distress that is reached when someone has no more patience. Often used in the phrase "at wit's end" or "at (one's) wit's end." More...
Today's Holiday

Trinidad and Tobago Emancipation Day (2022)

Since 1985, August 1 has been celebrated in Trinidad and Tobago as Emancipation Day, rather than Columbus Discovery Day, as in former years. Slavery was abolished in 1833 throughout the British Empire, and eventually slaves in the colony of Trinidad and Tobago were freed. The day begins with an all-night vigil and includes religious services, cultural events, processions past historic landmarks, addresses by dignitaries, and an evening of shows with a torchlight procession to the National Stadium. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: noon

high noon - Exactly 12 noon. More...

luncheon - An extension of the word lunch, based on nuncheon, "a drink taken at noon." More...

noon - Derived from the Latin word nona, "ninth," as it originally meant the ninth hour after sunrise, about 3 p.m. More...

post meridiem - The expansion of p.m., from Latin, meaning "after noon" (1647). More...

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