Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, July 9, 2016)
Word of the Day

debunk

Definition:(verb) To expose or ridicule the falseness, sham, or exaggerated claims of.
Synonyms:expose
Usage: When Rosa heard the ridiculous rumor being spread around the class, she decided to debunk the myth herself.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using En Dashes to Indicate a Range of Values

The most common use of the en dash is to connect two numbers, dates, or times to indicate a range that spans these figures. When it is used in this way, we can think of the en dash as representing what words? More...
Article of the Day

The Harappan Civilization

The Harappan civilization is the name given to the mature phase of the Indus Valley civilization, an ancient society that inhabited the Indus and Ghaggar-Hakra river valleys in what is now Pakistan and western India. Named after its city of Harappa, the civilization flourished from 2600 to 1900 BCE, developing a technologically advanced urban culture that was likely the result of efficient planning and a government that emphasized hygiene. What modern convenience first developed in its cities? More...
This Day in History

Queen Elizabeth Wakes to Find Strange Man in Her Bedroom (1982)

In the early hours of July 9, 1982, 32-year-old Michael Fagan broke into Buckingham Palace—for the second time—and entered Queen Elizabeth II's bedroom. He set off the alarm, but guards believed it to be false and turned it off. The Queen awoke when Fagan moved a curtain in her bedroom, and he talked to her while she waited for police to arrive. The officer who was supposed to be posted outside her door at the time was walking the Queen's dogs. Why was Fagan not charged for his brazen trespass? More...
Today's Birthday

Fanny Fern (1811)

Fanny Fern was the pseudonym of Sara Willis Parton, an immensely popular American columnist and novelist known for her conversational writing style and emphasis on the everyday concerns of middle-class women. Though she had struggled to support her children after her first husband died and caused a scandal by ending her unhappy second marriage, she persevered and by 1855 commanded the unprecedented sum of $100 a week for her New York Ledger column. What famous saying is attributed to her? More...
Quotation of the Day
No matter how dreary and gray our homes are, we people of flesh and blood would rather live there than in any other country, be it ever so beautiful. There is no place like home.

L. Frank Baum (1856-1919)

Idiom of the Day

the nosebleeds

A seating area very high up in a stadium or theater, as for a sporting event, musical performance, play, etc., which typically costs less money but has a restricted view. "Nosebleed" refers jocularly to the effects of extremely high altitudes on the body, which can often cause nasal hemorrhaging, among other symptoms. More...
Today's Holiday

Nunavut Day (2018)

Canada's northernmost territory of Nunavut was established on July 9, 1993, through a land claim signed by the national government and the Inuit of the Nunavut Settlement Area. Most of the day's activities take place in Nunavut's hub and capital city, Iqaluit. Festivities include barbeques, parades, traditional Inuit games, and feasts featuring local cuisine of caribou, walrus, and arctic char. In recent years, the day's program has also included organized tournaments of cribbage, checkers, and Scrabble. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: sip

delibation - A taste or sip. More...

sip - Probably a modification of sup. More...

tiff - Weak or diluted liquor; to tiff is to drink liquor slowly or sip it. More...

dibble - "To drink like a duck," lifting up the head after each sip. More...

In the News

Artificial Stingray Is 'Living Robot'

Scientists have designed a robotic stingray that could help our understanding of the human heart. The miniature robot, one-tenth the scale of the actual fish, moves using heart cells taken from a rat. Researchers hope the robotic ray will give new ... More...
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