Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, January 28, 2016)
Word of the Day

burnish

Definition:(verb) To make smooth or glossy by or as if by rubbing; polish.
Synonyms:furbish, buff, flush
Usage: Every afternoon, she would obsessively burnish the floors until the parlor gleamed like an ice rink.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Superlative Adjectives

Superlative adjectives describe the attribute of a person or thing that is the highest (or lowest) in degree compared to the members of the noun’s group. What suffix is added to the end of an adjective to form a superlative adjective? More...
Article of the Day

Crown-of-Thorns Starfish

Crown-of-thorns starfish are found on coral reefs throughout the Indo-Pacific region. These echinoderms, which can grow as large as 15.75 inches (40 cm) in diameter, are covered with thorny spines that release a neurotoxin capable of causing pain, nausea, and swelling in humans. They are voracious predators and are partly responsible for the destruction of coral reefs; a crown-of-thorns can consume as much as six square meters of reef annually. What sea creatures prey on these starfish? More...
This Day in History

Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice First Published (1813)

Austen wrote Pride and Prejudice while living at "Steventon," her father's Hampshire vicarage where she spent the first 25 years of her life. However, the book was not published until much later—in 1813, four years before her death. Like Austen's other novels, Pride and Prejudice is a comedy of manners that depicts the self-contained world of provincial ladies and gentlemen. In 2003, the novel placed second in a BBC poll for the "UK's Best-Loved Book." What book came first? More...
Today's Birthday

Robert Franklin Stroud, the Birdman of Alcatraz (1890)

Stroud was a convicted murderer serving time in prison when he came across some injured sparrows in the Leavenworth prison yard. He kept the birds and soon began raising canaries, which he could sell for supplies and to help support his mother. Using equipment furnished by a new warden, Stroud created an aviary and became an expert in avian pathology, writing 2 books on the subject and even developing a cure for hemorrhagic septicemia. How much of his sentence was spent in solitary confinement? More...
Quotation of the Day
Earth has its boundaries, but human stupidity is limitless.

Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880)

Idiom of the Day

take a walk on the wild side

To engage in risky, raucous, adventurous, or licentious behavior. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Charlemagne's Day (2018)

Charlemagne wasn't actually a saint at all; he was an emperor and the first ruler of the Holy Roman Empire, crowned in 800 by Pope Leo III. Although he was never able to read and write himself, Charlemagne, whose name means "Charles the Great," founded the University of Paris. In fact, his reign was marked by a huge cultural revival, including significant advances in scholarship, literature, and philosophy. He died on January 28, 814. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: sudden

all of a sudden - Is the grammatically correct version; do not say "all of the sudden." More...

coup de main - A sudden and unexpected movement or attack. More...

sudden - From Latin sub-, "up to," and ire, "come, go," making subitus, "come or go up stealthily." More...

vicissitude - A sudden or unexpected change in life. More...

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