Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, September 23, 2019)
Word of the Day

installment

Definition:(noun) A part of a broadcast serial.
Synonyms:episode
Usage: The latest installment of my favorite television show will air this Thursday.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Light Verbs

Light verbs (also known as delexical verbs, thin verbs, semantically weak verbs, or empty verbs) are verbs that do not carry unique meaning on their own. What are common examples of light verbs? More...
Article of the Day

Kumari

Worshipped by Nepali Buddhists and some Nepali Hindus but not by Tibetan Buddhists, a Kumari is a young girl from the Shakya caste of Nepal's indigenous Newa people who is regarded as the bodily incarnation of the goddess Taleju. Because her feet are considered sacred and may not touch the ground, she is carried everywhere. She maintains her position until she reaches puberty, after which it is believed the goddess vacates her body. Why was a Kumari temporarily stripped of her title in 2007? More...
This Day in History

Merchant Royal Sinks, Taking Cargo of Gold and Silver with Her (1641)

A holy grail of marine salvage, the wreck of the Merchant Royal, one of the most valuable of all time, has eluded treasure hunters for centuries. When the leaky, 17th-century English merchant ship sank in rough weather in the vicinity of the Isles of Scilly and southwestern England, she took with her a fabled cargo of gold, silver, and precious gems worth over a billion dollars today. Among the riches lost in the wreck was the money to pay whom? More...
Today's Birthday

Suzanne Valadon (1865)

After a fall from the trapeze ended her career as a circus acrobat, Valadon modeled for many of the major impressionists. Encouraged by Henri Toulouse-Lautrec and Edgar Degas, she began painting and became known for her intensely personal works, including landscapes, nudes, and portraits featuring vibrant colors with heavy black outlines. Valadon was the mother of painter Maurice Utrillo. Somewhat eccentric, she kept a goat at her studio, claiming that it served what practical purpose? More...
Quotation of the Day
One solitary swallow does not make summer.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

marry beneath (oneself)

To marry someone who is of a lower social class or standing than oneself. More...
Today's Holiday

Aizu Byakko Matsuri (2021)

Aizu was once the sturdiest castle in northeast Japan, but it was destroyed in a battle between the Emperor's forces and the Shogun's forces in 1868. The Byakkotai, or White Tiger Band, young men who vowed to lay down their lives in defense of the castle, saw what they thought was fire rising from the walls. Thinking it had fallen into enemy hands, they killed themselves. Each September to commemorate their courage, there is a procession of 500 warriors and a lantern procession through Aizu Wakamatsu, where the original members of the White Tiger Band are buried. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: relax

relax - From Latin re- and laxus, "lax." More...

restive, restless - Restive means impatient or fidgety under pressure or restraint; restless is being uneasy, unquiet, or unable to relax or rest. More...

creolize - To relax in an elegant fashion in a warm climate. More...

rizzle - To relax after a heavy meal. More...

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