Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, March 3, 2015)
Word of the Day

ersatz

Definition:(adjective) Being an imitation or a substitute, usually an inferior one; artificial.
Synonyms:imitation
Usage: He was fairly sure that no coffee beans had been involved in its production, but he was tired enough to drink the ersatz coffee anyway.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Parts of Speech

The parts of speech are the primary categories of words according to their function in a sentence. English has seven main parts of speech. Can you name all seven? More...
Article of the Day

The Temple of Artemis

The Temple of Artemis was a large Greek temple at Ephesus that was said to be one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. The temple, dedicated to Artemis, the virgin goddess of the hunt and the moon and twin sister of Apollo, was a 120-year project started by Croesus of Lydia and completed around 550 BCE. The temple was destroyed and rebuilt numerous times. It was first destroyed in 356 BCE in an act of arson committed by Herostratus. What was his motivation? More...
This Day in History

Significant Oil Reservoirs Discovered in Saudi Arabia (1938)

Prior to 1938, Saudi Arabia was not considered an oil-rich nation. Today, the oil industry dominates its economy, making up 90 percent of all Saudi exports. Oil was first discovered there in the mid-1930s by the US-owned Arabian Standard Oil Company, which became the Arabian American Oil Company. However, it was not until 1938 that a commercially viable oil field was found, yielding one of the largest supplies in the world. How large are Saudi Arabia's oil reserves estimated to be? More...
Today's Birthday

Charles Ponzi (1882)

Possibly the most famous con man in history, Ponzi is now synonymous with a particular type of ruinous investment scheme. By promising impossibly high returns on a "get rich quick" scheme, Ponzi attracted enough new investors to use their money to pay off old investors, which made his outfit appear successful and solvent. It was not. After a series of trials, he was deported from the US, but in at least one case in 1922, he was found not guilty. Who was his lawyer at that trial? More...
Quotation of the Day
Nature is a mutable cloud which is always and never the same.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

make a leg

obsolete To make a show of obeisance or fealty by bowing deeply (drawing one's right leg back in the process). More...
Today's Holiday

Hina Matsuri (2018)

Hina Matsuri is a festival for girls, celebrated in homes throughout Japan since the Edo Period (1600-1867). A set of 10 to 15 dolls (or hina), usually family heirlooms from various generations, is displayed on a stand covered with red cloth. Dressed in elaborate costumes, the dolls represent the emperor and empress, court ministers and servants. In parts of Tottori Prefecture, girls make boats of straw, place a pair of paper dolls in them and set them afloat on the Mochigase River. This custom dates back to ancient times when dolls were used as talismans to exorcize evil. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: rude

cullion - A rude, mean-spirited person. More...

bronco - Spanish for "rough, rude." More...

erudite - Meaning "having or showing knowledge," it traces to Latin eruditus/erudire, "bring out of an untrained state," with the base being rudis, "untrained; rude." More...

hoyden - Can be applied to rude, ignorant people. More...

In the News

1.1 Billion Young People at Risk of Hearing Loss

This just in from the World Health Organization: Your mother was right all along. About 1.1 billion people are at risk for losing their hearing, and half of 12- to 35-year-olds in high income countries expose their ears to "unsafe" sound levels when they listen to ... More...
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