Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, July 8, 2018)
Word of the Day

coerce

Definition:(verb) To cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral, or intellectual means.
Synonyms:force, hale, pressure, squeeze
Usage: The lawsuit alleged that her boss had coerced her into resigning and that she therefore deserved compensation.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Forming the Past Simple

The past simple tense is used to express completed actions. Why is it called the "past simple"? More...
Article of the Day

The Road of Death

Leading from La Paz to Coroico, Bolivia, the North Yungas Road was named the world's most dangerous road in 1995. Notoriously deadly due to its single-lane width, extreme drop-offs, and lack of guardrails, the route is dotted with memorials marking the many spots where vehicles have fallen. According to one estimate, 200 to 300 travelers are killed on the route each year, along with many thrill-seeking mountain bikers. According to local road rules, who never has the right of way on the road? More...
This Day in History

US Air Force Claims to Have Recovered a Flying Disc (1947)

On July 8, 1947, an officer at the Roswell Army Air Field in New Mexico announced the recovery of a crashed flying disc, prompting the Roswell Daily Record to proclaim the "capture" of a "flying saucer." The next day, the official story changed—the debris was now simply a weather balloon. The case was ignored until 1978 when supposed witness testimony emerged, shaping the event as an alien encounter. A government investigation discredited this theory, explaining the "aliens" as what? More...
Today's Birthday

Käthe Kollwitz (1867)

Kollwitz was a German Expressionist painter, sculptor, and printmaker whose work centered on human suffering. Her initial focus was the plight of the poor, whom she encountered firsthand at her physician husband's clinic in Berlin. After their son died in World War I, however, Kollwitz channeled her depression into a cycle of prints emphasizing a mother's love and a memorial sculpture of grieving parents. Unfortunately, many of Kollwitz's drawings and prints were lost in 1943 when what happened? More...
Quotation of the Day
If people only made prudent marriages, what a stop to population there would be!

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863)

Idiom of the Day

nose into (something)

To investigate something; to try to find information about something, especially private, secret, or sensitive matters. More...
Today's Holiday

Mariposa Folk Festival (2018)

This three-day folk music festival is the oldest in Canada, where it has served as a model for many smaller festivals. Since 1961 the festival has presented a broad spectrum of folk music by performers from all over Canada, the United States, Britain, Africa, and Australia. The events are held on the grounds of Tudhope Park in Orillia, Ontario, about 60 miles north of Toronto. The Mariposa Folk Festival helped pioneer the workshop concept, emphasizing the importance of establishing a dialogue between the artist and the audience. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: sailors

hurrah, hurray, hooray - Hurrah, hurray, and hooray are alterations of huzza, a sailor's cheer. More...

jumper - First a loose jacket worn by sailors, from jump, "a short coat." More...

put through the hoop - An ancient marine phrase for a punishment for sailors involving an iron hoop. More...

smart money - A phrase meaning money bet by those in the know, originating in 1926; earlier than that, it meant "money paid to sailors, soldiers, workers, etc., who have been disabled while on the job." More...

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