Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, July 31, 2017)
Word of the Day

irreverent

Definition:(adjective) Characterized by a lightly pert and exuberant quality.
Synonyms:impertinent, pert, saucy
Usage: Sally's irreverent gaiety and ease of manner drew people to her and made her immediately likeable.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Subject-Verb Agreement with Uncountable Nouns

Because uncountable nouns cannot be plural, it is very important to use the correct subject-verb agreement. What form of a verb must uncountable nouns take? More...
Article of the Day

Paperweights

Appreciated more for their aesthetic value than their practical aspects, paperweights are collected as examples of fine craftsmanship by approximately 20,000 enthusiasts worldwide. Produced both by sole artisans and in factories where artists and technicians collaborate, paperweights come in many different varieties, and their value is determined based on their design, rarity, and condition. What was the record sum once paid for an antique French paperweight? More...
This Day in History

Pulp Fiction Hero "The Shadow" Debuts on the Radio (1930)

The fictional, crime-fighting vigilante known as The Shadow originally debuted as the announcer of Detective Story Hour, a radio program that was quickly eclipsed by the popularity of its own narrator. The following year The Shadow got his own magazine and became one of pulp fiction's most enduring heroes, entering film and television. The radio show was re-named The Shadow and ran for more than 25 years. What comic book hero refers to The Shadow as his biggest inspiration? More...
Today's Birthday

Milton Friedman (1912)

Friedman was an American economist and a leading US advocate of monetarism, the belief that a nation's money supply is the chief determinant of its economy. He wrote numerous books and was a frequent television commentator and magazine columnist, which made him one of the most publicly familiar US economists. Friedman served as an adviser to US presidents Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan. To what South American country did he provide economic advice following a military coup? More...
Quotation of the Day
As a man without forethought scarcely deserves the name of a man, so forethought without reflection is but a metaphorical phrase for the instinct of a beast.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)

Idiom of the Day

(something) won't get (someone) anywhere

Something, typically a certain behavior, will not help someone progress or succeed in any way. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of St. Ignatius Loyola (2017)

St. Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556) founded the Society of Jesus, the Roman Catholic religious order whose members are known as Jesuits. The Feast of St. Ignatius is celebrated by Jesuits everywhere, but particularly in the Basque region of Spain where he was born. The largest Basque community in North America, located in Boise, Idaho, holds its annual St. Ignatius Loyola Picnic on the last weekend in July—an event often referred to as the Basque Festival. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: tap

faucet - Probably comes from French fausset, meaning "bore, tap." More...

tattoo - In the military sense—of a signal summoning soldiers to their quarters at night—it was originally written tap-too, from a Dutch word taptoe, meaning "close the tap" (of a cask), which was told to soldiers when they were expected to return to their quarters. More...

tick, tickle - Tick, as in "sound of a clock," "mark of correctness," originally meant "light touch, tap," and its modern senses are recent developments; tickle is probably a derivative of this version of tick. More...

tit for tat - Probably borrowed from Dutch tip for tap, "blow for blow." More...

In the News

Slimy Slugs Inspire 'Potentially Lifesaving' Medical Glue

A defensive mucus secreted by slugs has inspired a new kind of adhesive that could transform medicine, say scientists. The "bio-glue" is incredibly strong, moves with the body and crucially, sticks to wet surfaces. The team at Harvard University have ... More...
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