Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, December 11, 2015)
Word of the Day

escapist

Definition:(noun) A person who escapes into a world of fantasy.
Synonyms:wishful thinker, dreamer
Usage: She calls herself a mere optimist, but we believe her unconditionally sunny outlook makes her an escapist.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Categories of Prepositions

Prepositions can be divided into eight categories: time, place, direction or movement, agency, instrument or device, reason or purpose, connection, and origin. However, many prepositions will fall under two or more categories. In that case, how can you determine what type of preposition is being used in a sentence? More...
Article of the Day

The Cliffs of Insanity

The Namurian shale and sandstone Cliffs of Moher are a major tourist attraction in Ireland, where they are noted for the spectacular views they provide of the Aran Islands and Connemara. Even in the early 19th century, tourists flocked to the site; and in 1835, O'Brien's Tower, a round stone observation tower located approximately at the midpoint of the cliffs, was built to accommodate the visitors. The cliffs were featured in what popular 1987 cult film as the “Cliffs of Insanity”? More...
This Day in History

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Established (1946)

The United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF)—now the United Nations Children's Fund—was founded in 1946 for the purpose of providing relief to children in countries devastated by World War II. After 1950, it turned to general children's welfare programs, winning the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1965. Today, it focuses on areas in which relatively small expenditures can have a significant impact. How did its famous "Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF" fundraising campaign begin? More...
Today's Birthday

Max Born (1882)

A prominent German physicist, Born taught theoretical physics at the University of Göttingen from 1921 to 1933, until Nazi policies forced him—a person of Jewish descent—to flee to England, where he continued to teach at the university level. He made contributions to various branches of physics, including solid-state physics and optics, but his most important work was that related to quantum mechanics, which earned him a Nobel Prize in Physics in 1954. What noted scientists studied under Born? More...
Quotation of the Day
It was such a lovely day I thought it a pity to get up.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

ride the pine

In sports (especially baseball), to remain sitting on the bench, rather than be an active participant in the game. Primarily heard in US. More...
Today's Holiday

Burkina Faso Republic Day (2018)

On this day in 1958, Upper Volta (now Burkina Faso) voted to become an independent republic within the French community. It was then internally self-governing until it achieved independence in 1960. This is considered the most important national holiday in Burkina Faso, with many events held in the capital city of Ouagadougou. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: trifle

bagatelle - From French or Italian for "trick" or "trifle." More...

burlesque - From French, which got it from Italian burlesco, a derivative of burla, "joke, fun"—which may have come from Latin burra, "trifle." More...

trifle - In the sense of the dessert, it gets its name from being a "light" confection. More...

trifle - From French truffle/truffe, "deceit, trickery." More...

In the News

Kids with Allergies May Have a Higher Risk of Heart Disease Later

Allergies can make children miserable. But scientists say that they may have even more profound effects on health that can impact these children even as adults. Reporting in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Dr. Jonathan Silverberg ... More...
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