Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, August 4, 2017)
Word of the Day

fractious

Definition:(adjective) Stubbornly resistant to authority or control.
Synonyms:recalcitrant, refractory
Usage: The young horse was a fractious animal that would not submit to the harness; no one could ride her.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Nouns of Address

Nouns of address (also known as vocatives, nominatives of address, or nouns of direct address) identify the person or group being directly spoken to. Like interjections, they are grammatically unrelated to the rest of the sentence—that is, they don’t modify or affect any other part of it. Instead, they are used to let the listener or reader know who you are addressing, or to do what? More...
Article of the Day

Christo and Jeanne-Claude

Christo and Jeanne-Claude are a husband-and-wife team famous for creating large-scale environmental art installations around the world. Fabric is an integral part of their art, as it is often used to veil buildings, bridges, monuments, and natural features like trees and coastlines. Their works include the wrapping of Berlin's Reichstag building, the Pont Neuf bridge in Paris, and, recently, The Gates in New York City's Central Park. How did they fund the $21 million New York project? More...
This Day in History

Mississippi Burning: FBI Locates Remains of Slain Civil Rights Workers (1964)

In the summer of 1964, young civil rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner travelled to Mississippi to help African Americans register to vote. On June 21, they disappeared. A month and a half later, the FBI found their bodies buried on a nearby farm. The Neshoba County deputy sheriff and 17 others, all Ku Klux Klan members, were indicted for the crime. Seven were convicted in 1967. One suspect whose trial ended in a hung jury was retried in 2005 and convicted of what? More...
Today's Birthday

Sir Pherozeshah Mehta, the "Lion of Bombay" (1845)

Mehta was a leading Indian lawyer, politician, and activist during the time of British rule in India. Though he was not directly opposed to the crown, he advocated for greater Indian autonomy and self-government. He is considered the father of municipal government in Bombay and promoted education, sanitation, and healthcare reforms in the city and around India. In 1885, he helped found the Indian National Congress, and he later served as its president. What was his opinion of English culture? More...
Quotation of the Day
Antiquities are history defaced, or some remnants of history which have casually escaped the shipwreck of time.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

lost in translation

Of a word or words, having lost or lacking the full subtlety of meaning or significance when translated from the original language to another, especially when done literally. (Usually formulated as "be/get lost in translation.") More...
Today's Holiday

Dog Days (2021)

The Dog Days are known as the hottest days of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, and usually occur in July and early August. In ancient times, the sultry weather in Rome during these months often made people sick, which they blamed on the fact that this was when Sirius, the Dog Star, rose at about the same time as the sun. There are many different ways of calculating which days in any given year are the dog days, but it is impossible to be precise; nowadays it is generally assumed that they fall between July 3 and August 11—slightly later than they occurred in ancient times. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: management

manage - Once a noun meaning "age at which one becomes a man." More...

sui juris - "Legally competent to manage one's own affairs." More...

agronomy - The management and husbandry of land. More...

improvement - Its early spelling was emprowement, meaning "profit, profitable use or management." More...

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