Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, January 22, 2015)
Word of the Day

besmirch

Definition:(verb) Charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone.
Synonyms:asperse, calumniate, defame, slander, denigrate, sully, smear
Usage: She denied everything the tabloids wrote about her, stating that they were only trying to besmirch her reputation.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Common Prepositional Errors

Some common errors that arise when trying to determine the appropriate preposition to use with a particular kind of verb. How are prepositions used with transitive verbs? More...
Article of the Day

Quicksand

Quicksand is a bed of loose sand mixed with water that forms a soft shifting mass that yields easily to pressure and tends to engulf any object resting on its surface. It is usually found at the mouth of a river or along a stream or beach. Although it is possible for a person to drown while mired in quicksand, the human body is less dense than quicksand, so getting stuck in it is not as dangerous as it is often portrayed in movies. What is the recommended method for escaping quicksand? More...
This Day in History

After 16 Years of Terrorizing New York City, Mad Bomber Arrested (1957)

Known as the Mad Bomber, George P. Metesky terrorized New York City for 16 years in the 1940s and 1950s with dozens of explosive devices that he planted in terminals, libraries, offices, phone booths, storage lockers, and restrooms in public buildings. He also bombed movie theaters by hiding his bombs within the upholstery of the seats. Metesky planted at least 33 bombs, and despite the fact that he often placed warning calls in advance of his bombings, 15 people were injured. Why did he do it? More...
Today's Birthday

Sir Francis Bacon (1561)

Bacon was a British statesman and philosopher widely regarded as the father of modern scientific method. His elaborate classification of the sciences inspired the 18th-century French Encyclopedists, and his empiricism inspired 19th-century British philosophers of science. Bacon began his public career as a member of Parliament, later serving as attorney general and lord chancellor. However, his career as a public servant ended when he was convicted and briefly imprisoned in 1621 for what crime? More...
Quotation of the Day
Until the day when God shall deign to reveal the future to man, all human wisdom is summed up in these two words, —'Wait and hope'.

Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870)

Idiom of the Day

up the walls

Extremely busy or overworked; having many things to contend with at once. Primarily heard in UK, Ireland. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Vincent's Day (2019)

São Vicente (St. Vincent of Saragossa) is the patron saint of Lisbon, Portugal. In Lisbon, people celebrate his feast day with processions and prayers. But in the surrounding rural areas, there are a number of folk traditions associated with this day. Farmers believe that by carrying a resin torch to the top of a high hill on January 22, they can predict what the coming harvest will be like. If the wind extinguishes the flame, the crops will be abundant; if the torch continues to burn, a poor growing season lies ahead. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: variegated

chintz - Comes from the plural of Hindi chint, a printed Indian calico, from earlier Sanskrit chitra, "variegated." More...

moire - Having a variegated or clouded appearance, like that of watered silk. More...

variegated - Can mean "having variety in character, form, etc." More...

vary - From Latin varius, "speckled, variegated; changeable." More...

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