Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, July 14, 2016)
Word of the Day

tempestuous

Definition:(adjective) As if showing violent anger.
Synonyms:angry, furious, raging, wild
Usage: The raging sea and tempestuous winds indicated that a big storm was coming.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Uncountable Nouns and Pronouns

Just as uncountable nouns cannot take the indefinite articles "a" or "an" because there is not "one" of them, it is equally incorrect to use third-person plural pronouns with them. Why? More...
Article of the Day

The Deadly Seas of the King Crab Season

One of the deadliest jobs in the US, Alaskan crab fishing requires fishermen to avoid drowning, hypothermia, and injuries from heavy machinery while hauling their cargo from the freezing waters off the coast of Alaska. The approved fishing season for a single king crab species can be as short as 4 days, requiring crew to toil tirelessly in dangerous conditions; but since deckhands are paid a percentage of the ship's profit, motivation is high. What is the fatality rate in this industry? More...
This Day in History

St. Mark's Campanile Collapses (1902)

Originally built in the 9th century, St. Mark's Campanile is the 323-foot (98.6-m) bell tower of St. Mark's Basilica in Venice, Italy. It has been damaged many times in its history, including by fire and an earthquake. In 1902, a crack appeared in its north wall. On the morning of July 14, the campanile collapsed. Remarkably, no one was killed by the collapse, and only one building was damaged. Reconstruction of the campanile was completed in 1912. What was the one casualty of the collapse? More...
Today's Birthday

Emmeline Pankhurst (1858)

Pankhurst was a leading British suffragette. In 1889, she founded the Women's Franchise League, which in 1894 secured for married women the right to vote in local elections. She later advocated militancy, mainly in the form of arson, and was once arrested 12 times in a year. During World War I, she organized a rally of 30,000 women to encourage employers to let men fight while women did their jobs in England. Pankhurst also founded the Women's Social and Political Union, whose motto was what? More...
Quotation of the Day
Don't let us rejoice in punishment, even when the hand of God alone inflicts it. The best of us are but poor wretches, just saved from shipwreck: can we feel anything but awe and pity when we see a fellow-passenger swallowed by the waves?

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

be not in Kansas anymore

To no longer be in a place that one knows or where one is comfortable; to be in a completely unfamiliar and/or discomfiting environment. A reference to The Wizard of Oz, in which Dorothy, upon arriving to Oz, says, "Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore." More...
Today's Holiday

Wayne Chicken Show (2018)

This lighthearted event takes place in Wayne, Nebraska, a town that is known primarily as a pork capital. But since there were some egg-processing plants and chicken farms in the area who were willing to contribute to the cause, the Wayne Chicken Show was "hatched" in 1981. Up to 15,000 people witness competitions in rooster crowing, chicken flying, egg dropping and catching, and a national cluck-off whose winner has appeared on the Tonight Show. There are prizes for the oddest egg, the most beautiful beak, and the best chicken legs on a human. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: reputation

roorback - A false report made to damage the reputation of a political candidate. More...

character, reputation - Character is what one is; reputation is what one is thought to be by others. More...

denigrate - From Latin de- and nigare, "blacken," it first meant "make black or dark in color," and came to mean "blacken the reputation of." More...

fame - Also meant "reputation" in early contexts. More...

In the News

US Navy Invests $750000 in Bomb-Tracking Cyborg Locusts

How’s this for rebranding? The locust, commonly known as a pest and a bad omen, might someday avert disaster. The Office of Naval Research is awarding Washington University professors a three-year, $750,000 grant to develop bomb-sniffing locusts – a surprising ... More...
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