Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, November 1, 2018)
Word of the Day

pertain

Definition:(verb) Be relevant to.
Synonyms:concern, bear on, come to, touch on, refer, relate
Usage: All the evidence that pertains to the accident was submitted to the court.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Uncountable Nouns and Pronouns

Just as uncountable nouns cannot take the indefinite articles "a" or "an" because there is not "one" of them, it is equally incorrect to use third-person plural pronouns with them. Why? More...
Article of the Day

The Origin of Birds

Though the origin of birds has long been a contentious topic, the current scientific consensus is that they evolved from maniraptors, dinosaurs with which they share many anatomical features. One issue that has yet to be resolved, however, is whether the capacity for flight arose in tree-living dinosaurs that glided from branch to branch—the "trees-down" hypothesis—or in fast-running terrestrial dinosaurs—the "ground-up" hypothesis. What other theory about the origin of flight has been proposed? More...
This Day in History

The Malbone Street Wreck (1918)

One of the deadliest train crashes in US history took place during a strike of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, some of whose members operated elevated trains for the Brooklyn Rapid Transit Company (BRT). To keep service running, the BRT brought in inexperienced motormen to replace the striking workers. That evening, a five-car train derailed in the Malbone Street tunnel after negotiating a curve too quickly, killing 93. How many hours of training had the train's operator received? More...
Today's Birthday

Laurence Stephen Lowry (1887)

Lowry was an English painter noted for his bleak northern industrial scenes, often featuring primitive figures that he called "matchstick men." He also appears to hold the record for the most honors declined. He twice declined appointment to the Order of the British Empire—as an officer in 1955 and as a commander in 1961—and turned down a knighthood in 1968 and appointments to the Order of the Companions of Honour in 1972 and 1976. Which of his controversial works were exhibited after his death? More...
Quotation of the Day
The things that happen here do not seem to mean anything; they mean something somewhere else. Somewhere else retribution will come on the real offender. Here it often seems to fall on the wrong person.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

extra pair of hands

Additional help or assistance provided by another person. More...
Today's Holiday

Antigua and Barbuda Independence Day (2019)

Antigua and Barbuda became officially independent from England in 1981. Antigua had been settled by English people as early as 1632. It did not gain self-rule until 1967. This small state also observes the first Monday and Tuesday in August as a legal holiday known as Antigua Carnival, during which a festival celebrates the islanders' cultural heritage. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: proof

evidence, proof - Evidence—from Latin e-, "out," and videre, "to see"— is information that helps form a conclusion; proof is factual information that verifies a conclusion. More...

proof in the pudding - A shortening of the saying "the proof of the pudding is in the eating," i.e. a thing is tested by putting it to its intended use. More...

proof - The strength of alcohol. More...

adduce - To cite as an instance or as proof or evidence. More...

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