Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, April 3, 2019)
Word of the Day

congee

Definition:(noun) A Chinese rice gruel eaten for breakfast.
Synonyms:jook
Usage: When the weather is cold, I like to drive to Chinatown first thing in the morning and enjoy a steaming hot bowl of congee.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Intensive Pronouns

Intensive pronouns add emphasis to the sentence by reiterating the subject (known as the pronoun’s antecedent). When an intensive pronoun is used to add emphasis, where is it generally placed in the sentence? More...
Article of the Day

Boffins

In British slang, a boffin is a scientist, especially one engaged in research, who possesses extensive skill or knowledge in a particular field, often to the exclusion of all non-academic interests. The word "boffin" was originally used as military slang for a technician or research scientist, but since WWII, the affectionate nickname has taken on a negative connotation. However, its etymology is otherwise obscure. What is its closest American slang equivalent? More...
This Day in History

Unabomber Arrested (1996)

Between the late-1970s and the mid-1990s, an elusive bomber, dubbed the "Unabomber" by the FBI, perpetrated of a series of bombings in the US that killed three people and wounded 23. In 1995, the Washington Post and The New York Times published the Unabomber's lengthy manifesto after he pledged in return to end the bombings. A year later, the FBI, acting on information from the Unabomber's brother, arrested Theodore Kaczynski at his isolated cabin in Montana. Whom did he target? More...
Today's Birthday

George Herbert (1593)

Herbert was a British metaphysical poet, ordained priest and rector, and Cambridge University orator. His poetry was entirely unpublished at the time of his death and was bequeathed to Nicholas Ferrar, who had the collection published as The Temple in 1633. The poems concern personal, doctrinal, and ritual matters and are noted for their mastery of metrical form, use of allegory and analogy, and religious devotion. Some are pattern poems, in which the lines form what? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is not difficult to be unconventional in the eyes of the world when your unconventionality is but the convention of your set.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

burn up the road

To travel very fast. Often used to describe driving. More...
Today's Holiday

Chinhae (Jinhae) Cherry Blossom Festival (2019)

The Cherry Blossom Festival is held in Jinhae (Chinhae), South Kyongsang, Korea, the headquarters of the Korean Navy. The purpose of the festival is to enjoy the thousands of blossoming cherry trees and also to honor Korea's illustrious Admiral Yi Sun-shin. Admiral Yi defeated the Japanese in several sea battles during the latter's invasions of the late 16th century. While the cherries bloom, there are daily events—a memorial service, parades, sports contests, music and dance performances, and folk games. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: trumpet

kazoo, bazooka - Dutch bazu, "trumpet," gives us the words kazoo and bazooka, the latter originally being a form of kazoo that was a long sounding-horn. More...

jubilee - Comes from Hebrew yobhel, "ram's horn," which was used as a trumpet to proclaim the jubilee, a year of emancipation and restoration (every 50 years). More...

taratantara - The sound of a bugle or trumpet can be called taratantara. More...

tuba - The Latin word for "trumpet." More...

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