Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, August 27, 2018)
Word of the Day

splendiferous

Definition:(adjective) Having great beauty and splendor.
Synonyms:resplendent, splendid, glorious
Usage: For our 10th anniversary, we went to the most expensive restaurant in the city and had a truly splendiferous meal.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Forming Comparative Adjectives

Comparative adjectives are adjectives that compare differences between the attributes of two nouns. We form comparative adjectives either by adding "-er" to the end of the adjective, or by adding the word "more" (or "less") before the adjective. So how do we know which to choose? More...
Article of the Day

Assassin

Assassin is a real-life role-playing game that is particularly popular on college campuses. Though rules vary, the game usually begins when a host assigns targets to the players. The goal is for players to track down and eliminate their targets—acquiring the eliminated victim's target each time—until only one player remains. Targets are pursued around the clock, so to be successful, players must remain vigilant at all times. What are some of the "weapons" used to eliminate targets? More...
This Day in History

IRA Bomb Kills British Statesman and Naval Commander Louis Mountbatten (1979)

A British statesman and former naval commander, Mountbatten often spent his summers in Mullaghmore, Ireland, an area also frequented by members of the Irish Republican Army (IRA). In the summer of 1979, IRA member Thomas McMahon planted a bomb in Mountbatten's boat, and it exploded as Mountbatten and some family members left on a fishing trip. Mountbatten was killed along with his grandson and another boy working on the boat. What other IRA incident happened the same day? More...
Today's Birthday

Helen Gibson (1892)

Gibson was an American film actress, producer, trick rider, and rodeo performer, but her greatest claim to fame was that she was the first professional American stuntwoman. She got her start in stunt work doubling for Helen Holmes in The Hazards of Helen adventure film series and eventually took over the role entirely. She suffered a series of setbacks in the mid-1920s but persevered and managed to revive her Hollywood career. What are some of the dangerous stunts she performed? More...
Quotation of the Day
Who has not remarked the readiness with which the closest of friends and honestest of men suspect and accuse each other of cheating when they fall out on money matters?

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863)

Idiom of the Day

strap on the (old) feed bag

slang To begin eating; to have a meal. More...
Today's Holiday

Moldova Independence Day (2018)

On August 27, 1991, the Republic of Moldova became an independent and sovereign state. To commemorate this momentous occasion, the country celebrates Independence Day every year on August 27. As part of the celebrations, the Moldovan President addresses the people of the country with a festive speech. Public concerts, fairs, and outdoor activities are held in Chisinau, the capital of Moldova, as well as in other cities around the country. On August 27, 2001, the first military parade was held in Chisinau to celebrate the first 10 years of the country's independence. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: poles

sedan chair - An enclosed chair carried on poles. More...

oblate, prolate - Oblate means "flattened at the poles," and the opposite is prolate; the Earth is an oblate spheroid. More...

tent - Comes from a Latin word for "stretch," as early tents were made from cloth or skins stretched on poles. More...

running boards - Originally extended from bow to stern on canal boats—which men walked along, propelling the boats with poles. More...

In the News

Scientists Track 'Mysterious' Basking Sharks

The basking shark (Cetorhinus maximus) is the world's second largest shark, capable of growing to more than 35 feet in length. But despite its size, sightings of the elusive creature are rare, and scientists know surprisingly little about them. Now ... More...
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