Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, August 2, 2022)
Word of the Day

paronomasia

Definition:(noun) A humorous play on words.
Synonyms:pun, punning, wordplay
Usage: His attempts at comedy usually flopped, especially when he recited his favorite paronomasia, "I do it for the pun of it."
Daily Grammar Lesson

Reporting the Negative

When we tell other people what someone else told us, it is called "indirect speech" or "reported speech." When we are reporting negative information, how do we know where to put the negating "not" or "never"? More...
Article of the Day

Giotto

Giotto was an Italian painter and architect. Considered the father of European art, he turned from the formulaic, impersonal Byzantine style to a more natural representation of human expression and movement. Compared with the gracefulness of Byzantine forms, Giotto's figures are monumental, even bulky, but imbued with a new compassion for the human being. His innovative style likely influenced Renaissance artists. His main works are cycles of frescoes inside churches in what Italian cities? More...
This Day in History

Iraq Invades Kuwait (1990)

Though justified by Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein on grounds that Kuwait was historically part of Iraq, Iraq's 1990 invasion of its neighbor was presumed to be motivated by a desire to acquire Kuwait's rich oil fields and expand Iraq's power in the region. Under United Nations (UN) auspices, the US formed a coalition and began massing troops in Saudi Arabia. When Iraq ignored the UN Security Council's deadline for the withdrawal of forces from Kuwait, the US attacked how many days later? More...
Today's Birthday

James Baldwin (1924)

Baldwin was a groundbreaking African-American author best known for his novel Go Tell It on the Mountain. He wrote about social taboos such as racism and homosexuality at a time when mainstream literature largely ignored them. He grew up in poverty in the New York City district of Harlem and became a preacher while in his teens. In 1947, he left the US to live in Europe, and upon his return in 1957, he joined the civil rights movement. What famous author taught Baldwin in his youth? More...
Quotation of the Day
He who is of calm and happy nature will hardly feel the pressure of age, but to him who is of an opposite disposition youth and age are equally a burden.

Plato (427 BC-347 BC)

Idiom of the Day

with all (one's) might

Utilizing all of one's power and strength to do something. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of Forgiveness (2022)

The Festa del Perdono, or Feast of Forgiveness, is observed annually in Assisi, Italy, where St. Francis built his humble hermitage, known as the Porciúncula ("little portion"), in the 13th century. Porciúncula also refers to the plenary indulgence that used to be given to those who visited this sanctuary on August 2, the date set by Pope Honorius III in 1221. Although in the beginning the indulgence could only be gained in the Porciúncula, the privilege was eventually extended to all churches having a connection with the Franciscan order. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: loud

happy-clappy - Refers to any Christian congregation that is extremely enthusiastic, loud, and musical. More...

stentor - Homer introduced Stentor, a very loud herald, in the Iliad—which gives us stentor, "person with a loud voice," and stentorian, which originally meant "loud, booming." More...

rodomontade - Meaning loud bragging, it got its name from Rodomonto, a loud bragging Moorish king of epics. More...

thersitical, clamant - To be thersitical is to be loudmouthed or foulmouthed; clamant is loud and insistent. More...

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