Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, June 29, 2016)
Word of the Day

dyspepsia

Definition:(noun) Disturbed digestion.
Synonyms:indigestion, upset stomach
Usage: Certain foods trigger his dyspepsia, so he makes sure to avoid them at all costs.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Collective Adjectives and Verb Tense

Collective adjectives are a subgroup of nominal adjectives, or adjectives that act as nouns. They are used to refer to a group of people based on a characteristic that they share. What verb forms do collective adjectives have to take? More...
Article of the Day

The Disappearance of the Mona Lisa

The world's most famous case of art theft—the removal of the Mona Lisa from the Louvre in 1911—was solved when museum employee Vincenzo Peruggia tried to sell the painting to a gallery in Italy. He had kept the masterpiece in his apartment for two years after having simply walked out of the museum with it hidden under his coat. What famous painter—some of whose own sketches would be stolen more than 50 years later—was questioned before Peruggia was caught? More...
This Day in History

Sampoong Department Store Collapse (1995)

During the construction of what was to be an office building in Seoul, South Korea, owner Lee Joon decided to change course and make it a department store. Contractors who would not comply with his design modifications, which included removing some support columns in favor of escalators, were replaced. By April 1995, cracks were visible in the five-story structure. Two months later, in a span of only 20 seconds, the building collapsed with more than 1,500 people inside. How many of them died? More...
Today's Birthday

Ludwig August Theodor Beck (1880)

A German general, Beck saw the Nazis' rise to power as "the first ray of hope since 1918." However, he soon feared that Germany was not militarily prepared for an attack on Czechoslovakia. He voiced concern to Adolf Hitler directly, and, in 1938, he resigned in protest against the planned attack but was largely ignored. Beck then became a key member of the conspiracy to overthrow Hitler. What happened to Beck after his plan failed to kill Hitler with a bomb on July 20, 1944? More...
Quotation of the Day
There was an immeasurable distance between the quick and the dead: they did not seem to belong to the same species; and it was strange to think that but a little while before they had spoken and moved and eaten and laughed.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

money laundering

The criminal act or practice of processing large amounts of money obtained through illegitimate or illegal means, often in small increments through banks or other legitimate businesses, so as to conceal its source or origins. More...
Today's Holiday

Mnarja (2018)

Mnarja is the principal folk festival of Malta and a public holiday there, thought to have been originally a harvest festival. It is held in Buskett Gardens, a park with extensive vineyards and orange and lemon orchards not far from Mdina, Malta's medieval capital. Festivities begin on the eve of Mnarja with an agricultural show that continues through the next morning and folk-singing and folk-music competitions. The traditional food of the evening is fried rabbit. On the following day, bareback horse and donkey races bring the feast to an end. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: trousers

fob - A small pocket close to the waistband of trousers. More...

galluses - Another name for suspenders for trousers. More...

plus fours - Got their name (c. 1920) from the fact that such trousers were made four inches longer than standard knickerbockers or shorts, which came to just above the knee. More...

trousers, trouse - The singular of trousers is trouse. More...

In the News

Teen Checkups Should Include Suicide Risk Screening

Suicide is among the leading causes of death in U.S. adolescents and while it's not entirely preventable, doctors can minimize the risk by asking the right questions during routine checkups, the American Academy of Pediatrics says. Pediatricians should ... More...
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