Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, May 3, 2015)
Word of the Day

conceit

Definition:(noun) A favorable and especially unduly high opinion of one's own abilities or worth.
Synonyms:amour-propre, vanity
Usage: She was convinced that she was worthy of marrying royalty, but her vanity and conceit only made her less attractive to the prince.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Starting Sentences with Subordinating Conjunctions

While it's a commonly quoted belief that a sentence should not begin with the word "because," this is not an actual grammatical rule. Sentences can begin with "because" (and any other subordinating conjunction) as long as the sentence is not what? More...
Article of the Day

The Puerto Rican Parrot

The Puerto Rican Parrot is the only remaining native parrot in US territory and one of the 10 most endangered bird species in the world. It has green feathers with black edges, a red forehead, and white ovals around the eyes. It was abundant at the time of Columbus' arrival, but its numbers declined with the clearing of Puerto Rico's virgin forests to make way for agricultural, mainly sugar cane, production. In 1975, the population reached an absolute low of how many individuals? More...
This Day in History

Three-Year-Old Madeleine McCann Goes Missing (2007)

A few weeks before her fourth birthday, Madeleine McCann disappeared from an apartment in Portugal, where she, her parents, and her twin siblings were on vacation. Her disappearance received international press coverage, but despite numerous investigations by several different agencies, young Madeleine remains missing and no arrests have been made in the case. However, Portuguese authorities at different times categorized several individuals as having arguido status, which means what? More...
Today's Birthday

James Brown, the Godfather of Soul (1933)

One of the original inductees of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and one of the most influential entertainers of the 20th century, "Godfather of Soul" James Brown evolved a highly personal style that combined gospel and blues elements with a spectacular stage presence. During his five-decade career, "the Hardest-Working Man in Show Business" had numerous chart-topping singles and albums. What trademark feature of Brown's stage shows was inspired by professional wrestler Gorgeous George? More...
Quotation of the Day
One crowded hour of glorious life
Is worth an age without a name.

Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832)

Idiom of the Day

(someone's) hands are full

Someone is too busy or has too much going on to be able to do or become involved with anything else. More...
Today's Holiday

Constitution Memorial Day (Japan) (2018)

Constitution Memorial Day, or Kempo Kinen-Bi, is observed as a national holiday on May 3 and commemorates the adoption of the democratic constitution in 1947. The holiday is part of Golden Week, which includes Children's Day (Kodomo-no-Hi) and Greenery Day. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: highway

frontage road - A smaller road that runs alongside a highway or major road. More...

highway, expressway, freeway, parkway, turnpike - A highway is a main road, while an expressway is a multilane highway; freeways, parkways, and turnpikes are types of expressways. More...

scamp - Once meant a highwayman; as a verb, it meant "rob on the highway." More...

interstate - A highway that is part of the federal network of major roads; despite their name, some interstates do not cross state lines. More...

In the News

Do We Live In A Hologram?

Everything in our universe might be a lot flatter than it seems, at least, if you do the math. If you've got a credit card in your wallet that has one of those little 3D holograms on it — a two-dimensional image that uses some tricks of light to appear ... More...
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