Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, September 16, 2018)
Word of the Day

deportment

Definition:(noun) The manner in which a person behaves, especially in physical bearing.
Synonyms:demeanor, conduct, behavior
Usage: Marilla had almost begun to despair of ever fashioning this waif of the world into her model little girl of demure manners and prim deportment.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Focusing Adverbs

Focusing adverbs are used to draw attention to a particular part of a clause. They frequently point to verb phrases. Where can focusing adverbs be placed in a sentence? More...
Article of the Day

Bear-Baiting

Popular in England until the 19th century, bear-baiting is a blood sport in which trained dogs are set upon a chained bear. Bear gardens, arenas where bears were exhibited and bear-baiting events were held, consisted of a circular, high walled area—called the "pit"—and raised seating for spectators. Said to have been favored by monarchs like Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, the sport was eventually outlawed due to its cruelty. In what other places has bear baiting been popular? More...
This Day in History

Mayflower Sets Sail for New England (1620)

The Mayflower set sail from England to the New World with 102 passengers and about 25 crew members. After a two-month voyage marked by disease, the ship dropped anchor in Cape Cod Bay. After spending the winter selecting a suitable site for their new colony and drawing up an agreement for its temporary government by the will of the majority—the Mayflower Compact—the surviving passengers settled Plymouth. Why did the Speedwell, which set out with the Mayflower, turn back? More...
Today's Birthday

Louise Arner Boyd (1887)

Boyd was an American explorer of Greenland and the Arctic and the first woman to fly over the North Pole. After the deaths of her parents and brothers, she inherited the family fortune and chartered the ship of famed explorer Roald Amundsen for a trip to the Arctic. She gained notoriety for hunting polar bears and was called "The Girl Who Tamed the Arctic." She later canceled another expedition, stating, "How could I go on a pleasure trip when those 22 lives were at stake?" What had happened? More...
Quotation of the Day
Throughout life, our worst weaknesses and meannesses are usually committed for the sake of the people whom we most despise.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Idiom of the Day

man the fort

To mind or take charge of a location during the time in which it is unattended by another. More...
Today's Holiday

International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer (2021)

In 1994, the United Nations established September 16 as International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer. The date honors the September 16, 1987, signing of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. Nations may observe the day with activities that support the aims of the Protocol. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: perfect

A-OK - Astronauts on the Mercury Project in 1961 popularized A-OK, meaning "excellent, perfect"; it was coined by blending the adjective "A," as in A-one or A1, meaning "first-class," with "OK." More...

palinoia - The compulsive repetition of an act until it is perfect. More...

parfait - Literally French for "perfect." More...

perfect binding - A book bound by gluing instead of sewing. More...

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