Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, January 20, 2015)
Word of the Day

prattle

Definition:(verb) To talk or chatter idly or meaninglessly.
Synonyms:blabber, piffle, gabble, prate
Usage: The group of tourists on the plane wouldn't stop talking, and I fell asleep listening to them prattle.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Adverbs of Purpose

Adverbs of purpose (sometimes called adverbs of reason) tell us why something happens or is the case. They can modify verbs, adjectives, or adverbs. What parts of speech generally make up adverbs of purpose? More...
Article of the Day

Henry Morrison Flagler

Flagler, an American financier, was John D. Rockefeller's business partner and a key figure in the development of Florida as a winter playground. After visiting the state in 1883 and seeing its inadequate transportation and hotel facilities, he worked to improve them. He bought up and consolidated several local railroads and organized the Florida East Coast Railway. He also established steamship lines, dredged the Miami harbor, and built palatial hotels. What accident contributed to his death? More...
This Day in History

Harry S. Truman Announces His Point Four Program (1949)

As the fourth point of his presidential inauguration address in 1949, Truman announced what became known as his Point Four Program—the US policy of technical assistance and economic aid to less-developed countries. Such assistance, mainly in agriculture, public health, and education, was provided through contracts with US business and educational organizations. During the Cold War, the US government used Point Four to win support from uncommitted nations. Does the program still exist? More...
Today's Birthday

Federico Fellini (1920)

After collaborating on screenplays with Roberto Rossellini in the 1940s, Italian Federico Fellini turned from writing to directing films. His movies earned international acclaim, and a number of them won Academy Awards, including La Strada, 8 ½, and Amarcord. Filmed in color starting in 1965, his movies became a celebration of life, with its beauties and grotesqueries, as well as an exploration of Fellini's dream life. His wife starred in several of his films. Who was she? More...
Quotation of the Day
One person I have to make good: myself. But my duty to my neighbor is much more nearly expressed by saying that I have to make him happy—if I may.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)

Idiom of the Day

hang paper

To write a dishonored or bad check. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Agnes's Eve (2016)

The eve of St. Agnes's Day has long been associated with superstitions about how young girls might discover the identity of their future husbands. According to one such belief, a girl who went to bed without any supper on this night would dream of the man she was to marry. John Keats used this legend as the basis for his well-known poem, "The Eve of St. Agnes," in which a maiden dreams of her lover and wakes to find him at her bedside. St. Agnes was martyred because she had consecrated herself to Christ and refused to marry. She was later named the patron saint of young virgins. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: oyster

oysterage - An oyster bed. More...

ostracine - The adjective form of oyster. More...

oyster - From the Greek word ostreon, etymologically an allusion to its shell, from the Indo-European base ost-, "bone." More...

fornix - The upper shell of an oyster. More...

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