Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, September 1, 2018)
Word of the Day

gainful

Definition:(adjective) Yielding a fair profit.
Synonyms:paying, paid
Usage: The lack of opportunities for gainful employment in the county after the lumber mill closed meant that many families had to apply for public assistance.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining the Imperative Mood

Although we can use the subjunctive mood to express commands or requests, it is becoming less common in modern English. Instead, we usually use the imperative mood to form imperative sentences when we want to issue direct orders, commands, or general instructions. Why is the imperative considered an irrealis mood? More...
Article of the Day

Latex Allergy

Widely used in the production of rubber goods, natural latex can cause allergic reactions with symptoms ranging from minor skin irritation to asthma and life-threatening anaphylaxis. Generally, this allergy affects people sensitized by repeated exposure to latex. Healthcare workers who frequently use latex gloves and other latex-containing medical supplies are especially at risk. What prestigious hospital decided to replace all of its latex surgical gloves with synthetic alternatives? More...
This Day in History

Germany Invades Poland (1939)

After staging Polish attacks on German forces to create the appearance of Polish aggression, Germany invaded Poland, beginning WWII. Britain and France declared war on Germany two days later, and all the members of the Commonwealth of Nations, with the exception of Ireland, rapidly followed suit. The German blitzkrieg crushed the Polish defenses. Within a month all of Poland was occupied by German forces as well as the forces of what state with whom Germany had just signed a non-aggression pact? More...
Today's Birthday

Rocky Marciano (1923)

Marciano turned to professional boxing in 1947, after failing to become a professional baseball player. On his climb to the heavyweight title, he became the second boxer ever to knock out Joe Louis. He won the title in 1952 and defended it 6 times before retiring. The only heavyweight champion with a perfect professional record, he was undefeated in 49 fights—43 won by knockout. A test of the force of his punch found that it carried enough energy to lift how much weight one foot off the ground? More...
Quotation of the Day
A good man is a man who is good to us, and a bad man is a man who doesn't do what we want him to.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

Idiom of the Day

a bridge too far

An act or plan whose ambition overreaches its capability, resulting in or potentially leading to difficulty or failure. Taken from the 1974 book A Bridge Too Far by Cornelius Ryan, which details the Allies' disastrous attempts to capture German-controlled bridges in the Netherlands during World War II. More...
Today's Holiday

Uzbekistan Independence Day (2019)

The Republic of Uzbekistan was one of the central Asian republics of the former Soviet Union until 1991, when it and other republics declared their independence from the U.S.S.R. Independence Day, September 1, is celebrated throughout the country with parties, music, and exhibits. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: kick

coup de savate - A kick with the flat of the foot. More...

Gaelic football - A rough, football-like game mainly played in Ireland with 15 players to each side with the object of punching, dribbling, or kicking the ball into a goal. More...

punt, bunt - Punt, as in "kick," may be from bunt, "push," used in baseball to mean "hit the ball softly." More...

kick, punt - The dent in the bottom of a wine or champagne bottle is the kick or punt. More...

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