Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, March 27, 2018)
Word of the Day

wordless

Definition:(adjective) Expressed without speech.
Synonyms:mute, unspoken, tongueless
Usage: Never a hearty breakfaster, he had found himself under the influence of her wordless disapproval physically unable to consume the fried egg that confronted him.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining the Predicate

Sentences must always include both a subject and a predicate. The predicate is, essentially, everything in the sentence that follows the subject. It is made up of at least one finite verb. What else can the predicate include? More...
Article of the Day

The Wilhelm Scream

Often used when a character is plummeting to his death, the Wilhelm scream is a stock sound effect that has been featured in over a hundred films, television shows, and video games since it was first used in the 1951 film Distant Drums. The tradition of inserting the sound into films began when Star Wars sound designer Ben Burtt tracked down the original recording—a studio reel labeled "man being eaten by alligator"—and named the sound effect after whom? More...
This Day in History

The "Beeching Axe" Decimates British Railways (1963)

In an effort to reduce the cost of running the nationalized railway system of the UK, the British government commissioned a report to find ways to save money. Authored by Dr. Richard Beeching, the report concluded that many of the railway's lines were costing more to operate than they earned and called for the elimination of unprofitable routes and closure of a large percentage of railway stations. More than 2,000 stations were closed as a result of the "Beeching Axe." What became of Beeching? More...
Today's Birthday

Michael Jackson (1942)

Not to be confused with the American musician of the same name, English journalist Michael Jackson was arguably the most influential beer and whiskey critic in modern history. He came to prominence after the publication of his influential 1977 book The World Guide to Beer and went on to host a TV show that featured him traveling around the globe sampling various brews. He played an enormous role in the popularization of brewing culture and was especially fond of beers from what country? More...
Quotation of the Day
Live, and be happy, and make others so.

Mary Shelley (1797-1851)

Idiom of the Day

a woman of her word

A woman who can be expected to keep or follow through with her promises or intentions; a truthful, trustworthy, or reliable person. (Masculine: "man of his word.") More...
Today's Holiday

Myanmar Armed Forces Day (2018)

Throughout most of the 1800s, the Union of Myanmar, known as Burma until 1989, was ruled by the British. Aung San, an outspoken student leader, helped the Japanese oust the British, and the Japanese ruled Burma from 1942 until 1945. On March 27, 1945, he helped the World War II Allied forces remove the Japanese from power. Myanmar celebrates Armed Forces Day on March 27 to commemorate the day that Aung San rebelled against the Japanese. The day is celebrated with a military parade and fireworks. Since 1989, the Tatmadaw has made it a tradition to pardon several prisoners on this day. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: silk

floss - A word for untwisted filaments of silk used in making embroidery or satin. More...

lame - A material consisting of silk or other yarns interwoven with metallic threads. More...

scroop - The rustle of silk. More...

tabby - The common tabby cat derives its name from silk with a wavy pattern, from Arabic utabi, the name of the quarter in Baghdad where the silk was made. More...

In the News

What 'Mercury in retrograde' really means — and why it can't tell you anything about your life

As our world continues to orbit the star at the center of our solar system, we can gaze at the night sky — like people have for thousands of years — and watch the stars and the planets that rise and set around us. One of those planets — tiny, sun-scorched ... More...
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