Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, March 14, 2017)
Word of the Day

platitude

Definition:(noun) A trite or banal remark or statement, especially one expressed as if it were original or significant.
Synonyms:banality, cliche, commonplace, bromide
Usage: A trite platitude about his not caring to lose her was on his lips, but he refrained from uttering it.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Regular and Irregular Verbs

Regular verbs form the past simple tense and past participle the same way (-d or -ed), while irregular verbs do not adhere to a distinct or predictable pattern. What common verb is known as a "highly irregular" verb? More...
Article of the Day

The Vein of Love

According to tradition, the vena amoris, or "vein of love," runs directly from the heart to the fourth finger of the left hand. This belief has been cited in Western cultures as one reason why engagement and wedding rings are worn on that finger. The earliest known use of the phrase is found in A Treatise of Spousal or Matrimonial Contracts, published in 1686 by Henry Swinburne, who claims the concept derives from what ancient culture? More...
This Day in History

Eli Whitney's Cotton Gin Awarded Patent (1794)

By the end of the 18th century, the mechanization of fabric production in England had created a huge demand for US cotton, but cotton production was hampered by the large amount of manual labor required to remove the sticky seeds from the raw fiber. Whitney's cotton gin solved this problem, performing the work mechanically and quickly. Cotton production in the US skyrocketed, as did the slave population—which quadrupled by 1850. Why was Whitney unable to profit from his invention? More...
Today's Birthday

Doris Eaton Travis (1904)

Travis was a Broadway and film performer who began her career at the age of 14 by joining the Ziegfeld Follies, the long-running annual Broadway revue famous for its extraordinarily elaborate theatrical productions and chorus of beautiful women, known as the Ziegfeld Girls after the show's producer. Travis, who became one of the stars of the revue, lived to the age of 106 and was the last surviving Ziegfeld Girl. What did she do in the 74 years after her show-business career ended? More...
Quotation of the Day
Next to trying and winning, the best thing is trying and failing.

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942)

Idiom of the Day

beautiful people

Stylish, glamorous, and often wealthy people admired by others. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Vincent and the Grenadines National Heroes Day (2018)

St. Vincent and the Grenadines is a nation comprised of a group of more than 30 islands in the Caribbean Sea, with St. Vincent being the largest. March 14 is National Heroes Day, when the country honors their national hero, Chief Joseph Chatoyer. He led the nation in preventing the Europeans from colonizing the islands. On March 14, 1795, Chatoyer was killed by British troops at Dorsetshire Hill. A monument honoring Chatoyer stands on this spot; as part of the Heroes Day celebration, a wreath-laying ceremony is held at the obelisk at Dorsetshire Hill. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: model

phantom - A model of a baby used in obstetric demonstration. More...

configure - First meant "fashion according to a model." More...

pattern - Comes from patron, "something serving as a model." More...

Frisbee - Was modeled on pie tins from Mrs. Frisbie's Pies—made by the Frisbie Bakery of Bridgeport, Connecticut—which students began tossing around in the 1920s. More...

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