Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, August 25, 2018)
Word of the Day

uncivil

Definition:(adjective) Lacking civility or good manners.
Synonyms:rude
Usage: Dost think, because you have seen some great ladies rude and uncivil to persons below them, that none of them know how to behave themselves when they come before their inferiors?
Daily Grammar Lesson

Factitive Verbs vs. Causative Verbs

Causative verbs tie a subject to other parts of the sentence that reveal more about the subject. In this way, they serve a similar function to factitive verbs. How do the two types of verbs differ? More...
Article of the Day

Phantom Eye Syndrome

After the removal of an eye, many patients experience one or more phantom phenomena, including phantom pain, non-painful phantom sensations, or visual hallucinations usually consisting of basic perceptions, such as shapes and colors. Less common than phantom limb pain, which is experienced by 50 to 78 percent of amputees, phantom eye pain develops in only about 30 percent of patients. What factor may cause phantom limb pain to be more common than phantom eye pain? More...
This Day in History

WWII: The Liberation of Paris (1944)

The Liberation of Paris is considered the last battle of the Normandy Campaign to free France from German occupation. In July, about a month after the Allied invasions of southern France and Normandy, Allied ground troops finally broke out of the beachheads and began a rapid advance across northern France. With help from the French resistance, Free French and US forces and liberated Paris in August. Why did the German military governor of Paris disobey Hitler's order to leave the city in ruins? More...
Today's Birthday

Althea Gibson (1927)

Gibson, a US tennis player, was the first African-American woman to compete on the world tennis tour. Though tennis had essentially been segregated until that time, she was finally given an opportunity to play at the US Championships in 1950. Having broken the color barrier, she went on to become the first black person to win Wimbledon. She was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1971. In 1964, Gibson became the first African-American player in what other sports organization? More...
Quotation of the Day
A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Idiom of the Day

barnburner

Any thing, event, or occasion that is especially exciting, impressive, and/or successful. More...
Today's Holiday

Grasmere Sports (2019)

This annual event in England's Lake District began in the 1800s to encourage Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling, but it has since expanded to include other traditional Lake District sports. Fell running (a fell is a highland plateau), another traditional sport, is an all-out race to the top of the nearest mountain and back. Hound trailing, which reflects the Lake District's importance as a center for fox hunting, is done on foot with packs of hounds that run across the fells after their prey. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: shank

stummel - A pipe's bowl and shank. More...

shank - Each half of a pair of scissors; also the stem of a wine glass. More...

shank - Once meant "the remainder, the rest," as in "shank of the evening." More...

scare - The shank of a golf club can be called the scare. More...

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