Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, December 26, 2015)
Word of the Day

patrolman

Definition:(noun) A policeman who patrols a given region.
Synonyms:flatfoot
Usage: The patrolman was familiar with the area and knew the noises he was hearing were coming from foraging raccoons, not people.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Aspect

Aspect has to do with how an action, state of being, or event as described by a verb relates to time. It is often confused with tense. How do aspect and tense differ? More...
Article of the Day

The Killing Fields

The Khmer Rouge was the extremist Communist organization that ruled Cambodia from 1975 to 1979. It was one of the most lethal regimes of the 20th c and was responsible for the deaths of an estimated 1.7 million people through execution, starvation, and forced labor. Victims were often buried in mass grave sites, known as The Killing Fields, scattered throughout Cambodia. Whom did the Khmer Rouge target for their “re-education” campaigns? More...
This Day in History

The Soviet Union Officially Dissolves (1991)

In December 1991, a series of events spelled the end of the Soviet Union—and each has been put forth as the date the Union truly broke up. On December 8, the presidents of Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus declared the Soviet Union dissolved. Two weeks later, on December 21, representatives of most of the remaining Soviet states signed an agreement confirming the dissolution. On December 25, Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev resigned from office. The following day, what final step was taken? More...
Today's Birthday

Steve Allen (1921)

The son of vaudeville performers, Allen got his start as a comedian on radio in the 1940s before moving to late-night television. He created and hosted The Tonight Show and The Steve Allen Show in the 1950s and appeared in numerous other programs, earning a reputation as the father of TV talk shows. He also composed thousands of songs, wrote more than 50 books, and appeared in films such as The Benny Goodman Story. What minor accident led to Allen's death? More...
Quotation of the Day
Life is a predicament which precedes death.

Henry James (1843-1916)

Idiom of the Day

bless your pointy little head

A condescending phrase used to patronize someone for being foolish or not very bright. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Stephen's Day (Ireland) (2017)

On this day in c. 35, St. Stephen became the first Christian martyr. He was denounced as a blasphemer by the Sanhedrin, the Jewish council in ancient Palestine, and stoned to death. In many countries, St. Stephen's Day is celebrated as an extra Christmas holiday. In Ireland, boys with blackened faces carrying a paper wren go about begging and "hunting the wren." The hunting of the wren is most likely a carryover from an old belief that the robin, symbolizing the New Year, killed the wren, symbolizing the Old, at the turning of the year. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: interested

acquisitive - Means "very interested in acquiring money or material things." More...

athenaeum - Can refer to "an association of persons interested in scientific and literary pursuits, meeting for the purpose of mutual improvement," or a reading room or library. More...

speed dating - A type of matchmaking service in which participants meet for seven to eight minutes each before moving on to another participant, ultimately making a list of those they are interested in dating. More...

imparlibidinous - When one partner is more interested in sex than the other, their relationship is imparlibidinous. More...

In the News

Climate Change Is Heating Lakes Rapidly

When we talk about global warming, the number that everyone usually focuses on is that of the atmosphere, though the world's oceans also are absorbing heat as well. Now, it turns out, lakes may be faring even worse. According to a new study, climate change is ... More...
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