Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, June 13, 2015)
Word of the Day

sardonic

Definition:(adjective) Scornfully or cynically mocking.
Synonyms:wry
Usage: He continued to grin with a sardonic humor, with a cynical mockery and defiance.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using Multiple Sets of Quotation Marks

If a sentence already uses quotation marks, then we have to differentiate between the quoted speech and the rest of the sentence. If we are using double quotation marks, then we have to put the quoted speech in single quotation marks; if it is in single quotation marks, then the quoted text is put into double quotation marks. What happens to the rest of the punctuation in the sentence? More...
Article of the Day

The Great Toronto Fire

The Great Toronto Fire of 1904 began in a factory in downtown Toronto, the capital city of Ontario, Canada, and spread to more than 100 other buildings before it was extinguished. For nine hours, Toronto's firefighters—as well as firefighters from Hamilton, Ontario, and Buffalo, New York, that had come to help—braved strong winds and sub-zero temperatures as they fought to bring the blaze under control. What was the total estimated value of the property damaged by the fire? More...
This Day in History

"The Cinderella Man" Becomes World Heavyweight Champion (1935)

For budding boxer James J. Braddock, 1929 was a bad year. The promising pugilist narrowly lost a 15-round championship fight and, months later, the Great Depression struck. Braddock, struggling to support his family and losing many more bouts than he won, eventually gave up boxing to work the docks. In 1934, he returned to the ring, and a year later, he landed a title shot against Max Baer. Braddock was a 10-to-1 underdog but won in a stunning upset. Who beat Braddock for the title in 1937? More...
Today's Birthday

Lucy Christiana, Lady Duff Gordon (1863)

A leading British fashion designer of the Edwardian era, Gordon made less restrictive clothing for women that she sold in her own "Lucile, Ltd." shops in London, Paris, Chicago, and New York. To promote her wares, she organized tea times when models would parade around in her designs, a precursor of the modern fashion show. Gordon was a passenger on the Titanic and survived its sinking by boarding Lifeboat 1 with her husband. What did the tabloids allege about their escape from the ship? More...
Quotation of the Day
Few serve truth in truth because only few have the pure will to be just, and of those again very few have the strength to be just.

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

Idiom of the Day

meet trouble halfway

To worry, grow anxious, or distress oneself unnecessarily over something that has yet to happen. More...
Today's Holiday

New Zealand National Agricultural Fieldays (2018)

The largest agricultural show in New Zealand takes place for four days during the second week in June in Hamilton, and attracts visitors from more than 40 countries. There are exhibits covering every type of rural activity, demonstrations of how to use the latest farm equipment, and contests in such areas as hay-baling, wire-fencing, tractor-driving, and helicopter log-lifting. In a country that in 1990 had more than 60 million sheep and only 3.3 million people, these regional agricultural shows attract the kind of audience that is usually associated with major athletic competitions. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: snap

chop - A snap with the jaws or mouth is a chop. More...

crepitation, crepitate, crepitant - Crepitation is the sounds of Rice Krispies cereal (snap, crackle, pop); crepitate or crepitant is "making a crackling sound." More...

oh snap - Also simply "snap"; an exclamation of dismay or disbelief, surprise, or joy. More...

snack - First meant "bite, snap (of a dog)," from a Dutch word meaning "to bite." More...

In the News

A Chimp Walks into a Bar: Scientists Observe Apes Regularly Quaffing Booze

Monkeys in the wilds of West Africa routinely quaff a crude form of booze made from the naturally fermenting sap of palm trees, a team of scientists have found. “Some of the chimpanzees ... consumed significant quantities of ethanol and displayed ... More...
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