Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, April 28, 2018)
Word of the Day

tailing

Definition:(noun) The act of following someone secretly.
Synonyms:shadowing
Usage: The constant tailing of my husband by private eyes has caused him to become paranoid.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining the Past Continuous Tense

Also called the "past progressive," the past continuous tense is used to describe something that was in progress at a certain moment in the past. To form the past continuous, how do we order the sentence? More...
Article of the Day

The Four Stages of Cruelty

The Four Stages of Cruelty is a series of four engravings published in 1751 by William Hogarth, an English artist credited with pioneering Western sequential art. Each print depicts a stage in the life of the fictional Tom Nero. Beginning with the torture of a dog as a child, Nero progresses to beating his horse, and then to robbery and murder. In the final scene, which is grisly even by modern standards, Nero's body is dissected after his execution. Why did Hogarth create the series? More...
This Day in History

Mutiny on the HMS Bounty (1789)

The most famous mutiny in history, the setting adrift of Bounty captain William Bligh and 18 of his loyal crew members in a longboat, has been much debated. Opponents of the captain claim his tyranny drove the crew to mutiny, but Bligh blamed their betrayal on their newfound love of Tahiti—where they had just spent five months—and its women. The captain and some of those with him survived the ordeal at sea, reaching Timor after a remarkable two-month voyage. What became of the mutineers? More...
Today's Birthday

Yi Sun-Sin (1545)

Considered a Korean national hero, Yi was a naval commander who repelled the Japanese invasion of Korea in the late 16th century. He is said to have been undefeated in any naval battle in which he was a commander. Part of his success in combat was due to his innovative "turtle ship," which was covered with iron spikes and plates to prevent enemies from boarding. The ship's bow featured a dragon head, through which a cannon could be fired. Why was Yi relieved of command in 1597? More...
Quotation of the Day
By the power of filial reverence and parental affection, individual existence is extended beyond the limits of individual life, and the happiness of every age is chained in mutual dependence upon that of every other.

John Quincy Adams (1767-1848)

Idiom of the Day

high muckety-muck

slang An especially important, influential, and authoritative person, especially someone who is overbearingly or arrogantly so. More...
Today's Holiday

Butter and Egg Days (2018)

This is a promotional event in Petaluma, California, that recalls the historic days when Petaluma was the "World's Egg Basket," producing millions of eggs that were shipped all over the world. The first Butter and Egg Days was a modest affair in 1983; it now draws about 25,000 for a parade with floats, bands, bagpipers, and children dressed as such things as butter pats and fried eggs. There are also street fairs, an antiques show, an egg toss, a butter-churning contest, and the presentation of the Good Egg award to a Petaluma booster. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: streets

bed push - A fundraising event, sometimes run by hospitals, in which a wheeled bed is pushed through the streets to raise awareness of the campaign. More...

on the wagon - Before paved roads, horse-drawn water wagons sprayed the streets to settle the dust, and anyone who had sworn abstinence from alcohol was said to have "climbed aboard the water wagon," later shortened to "on the wagon." More...

juggernaut - Derived from Sanskrit Jagannamacrtha, "lord of the world," a title of Krishna, worshipped at an annual festival by the dragging of his image through the streets in a heavy chariot. More...

one-way - Came into English in 1906 in reference to travel tickets, in 1914 in reference to streets, and in 1940 in reference to windows, mirrors, etc. More...

In the News

How Drinking Alcohol May Affect The Bacteria In Your Mouth

There may be another reason to watch your mouth when you drink alcohol. As you may have found out the hard way, alcohol can coax some embarrassing or inappropriate information out of your mouth. But, a study just published in the journal Microbiome ... More...
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