Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, December 4, 2016)
Word of the Day

centerboard

Definition:(noun) A movable keel in a sailboat that can be pivoted upward to reduce the boat's draft in shallow water.
Synonyms:drop keel, sliding keel
Usage: Except for some damage to the centerboard, the boat was in good condition.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Acronyms and Initialisms

Acronyms and initialisms are abbreviations of multiple words using just their initial letters. How are they distinguished from each other? More...
Article of the Day

Local Currency

A local currency is a currency that is not backed by a national government and is intended for trade only in a small area. Today, more than 2,500 local currency systems operate throughout the world. Though advocates say local currencies enable people in economically depressed regions to improve their situation, opponents argue that such systems can interfere with economies of scale and lead to tax evasion. What are some examples of local currencies? More...
This Day in History

First Edition of the Los Angeles Times Is Published (1881)

Established in 1881, the Los Angeles Times was purchased and incorporated in 1884 by Harrison Gray Otis. The newspaper prospered and became an influential force in conservative politics in California. Long dominated by the Chandler family, beginning with Otis's son-in-law Harry Chandler, it developed into a model of balanced and comprehensive journalism in the 1960s, with Otis Chandler at the helm, and came to be seen as one of the world's top papers. Why were its offices bombed in 1910? More...
Today's Birthday

Samuel Butler (1835)

Butler was a British novelist and critic. Descended from clergymen, he grappled for years with Christianity and evolution in his writings, first embracing, then rejecting, Charles Darwin's theories. He is best known for his autobiographical novel The Way of All Flesh. During his lifetime, his reputation rested on the utopian satire Erewhon (1872), which foreshadowed the end of the Victorian illusion of eternal progress. What prediction did Butler make about human evolution? More...
Quotation of the Day
Flattery is the worst and falsest way of showing our esteem.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Idiom of the Day

affable personality

A personality that is friendly, approachable, sociable, amicable, and/or likeable. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Barbara's Day (2017)

In parts of France, Germany, and Syria, St. Barbara's Day is considered the beginning of the Christmas season. In southern France, especially in Provence, it is customary to set out dishes holding grains of wheat soaked in water on sunny window sills. If the "St. Barbara's grain" grows quickly, it means a good year for crops. There is a similar custom in Germany and the Czech and Slovak republics, where cherry branches are placed in water and tended in the hope that they will bloom on Christmas Eve. In Syria, St. Barbara's Day is for feasting and bringing food to the poor. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: knights

on one's high horse - At one time, knights, kings, and other VIPs rode on chargers, while ladies and others rode on smaller saddle horses, begetting the phrase "on one's high horse." More...

full tilt - Meaning "full speed," it is from the encounter at full gallop of knights in a tilt (lance combat). More...

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