Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, August 26, 2020)
Word of the Day

ingress

Definition:(noun) The act of going or coming in; an entering.
Synonyms:incoming, entrance
Usage: From the time elapsing between the ingress of the beast and the screams, it seems probable that it was not immediately perceived.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Degrees of Comparison - Adjectives

Adjectives can be inflected (changed in form) to compare a quality between two nouns—this form is known as the comparative degree. What suffix is added to the end of the adjective to form the comparative degree? More...
Article of the Day

Derbent

Derbent is a city in the southeast Russian republic of Dagestan. It stands on a narrow strip of land between the Caucasian foothills and the Caspian Sea that forms a natural pass. Historically, Derbent's strategic position allowed it to control Eurasian traffic, and the city boasts massive fortifications dating to the 6th century CE. Though they were probably built by the Persians to guard against northern invaders, the walls are sometimes associated with what legendary structure? More...
This Day in History

The Battle of Katzbach (1813)

During the Napoleonic Wars, France battled the shifting alliances of European powers in an attempt to affirm Napoleon's supremacy. The battle between the French and the Prussians at the Katzbach River, however, came about somewhat by accident. On a stormy August day in the Prussian province of Silesia, the two forces stumbled upon one another. The French recovered from the surprise first and attacked despite orders to defend. Their effort was met with a heavy counterattack. Who won the battle? More...
Today's Birthday

Peggy Guggenheim (1898)

Born to a wealthy New York City family, Guggenheim grew up in luxury, inherited a fortune in her early 20s, and became a friend, patron, and sometime lover to a number of avant-garde artists and writers. She spent the 1930s living in Paris and then London, where she opened her first gallery, Guggenheim Jeune. World War II impelled her return to New York, whereupon she married artist Max Ernst and opened a new gallery featuring her vast collection. Where did she take her collection after the war? More...
Quotation of the Day
It was the last night before sorrow touched her life; and no life is ever quite the same again when once that cold, sanctifying touch has been laid upon it.

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942)

Idiom of the Day

make an end of (something)

To stop, cease, or conclude something. More...
Today's Holiday

Namibia Heroes' Day (2021)

To honor those who lost their lives fighting for national freedom, Namibia has designated August 26 as Heroes' Day. On this day, thousands of Namibians gather at Ongulumbashe to celebrate. Representatives from all 13 regions give performances and cultural presentations, including traditional praise songs and dances. A re-enactment of the battle of Ongulumbashe concludes with the raising of the Namibian flag, as the real fighters did after each triumph in the war. In Namibia's capital city of Windhoek, the Heroes' Acre national monument was erected to honor the freedom fighters. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: wind instrument

organ - Comes from Latin organum, from Greek oganon, "implement, instrument, tool"; it was first a very general term, but was then used for "wind instrument" and "functional part of the body." More...

poop - Once had the meaning "to make an abrupt sound, as from a wind instrument." More...

bell - The flared open end of a wind instrument. More...

tootle - To toot continuously, as notes on a wind instrument. More...

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