Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, September 19, 2018)
Word of the Day

strangulate

Definition:(verb) Kill by squeezing the throat of so as to cut off the air.
Synonyms:strangle, throttle
Usage: The police are searching for a serial killer who strangulates his victims.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining the Ellipsis

An ellipsis is a series of three consecutive periods known as "ellipsis points" ( . . . ). What is the ellipsis used to indicate? More...
Article of the Day

Aediles

In ancient Rome, magistrates in charge of public works, games, buildings, and roads were called aediles, derived from the Latin word for "temple" or "building." Appointed from the ranks of both patricians and plebeians, these officials were generally young men intending to pursue high political office. Aediles supervised markets, the grain supply, and the water supply and also had powers to enforce public order. The position was created at the same time as what important Roman office? More...
This Day in History

Bruno Hauptmann Arrested for Murder of Charles Lindbergh, Jr. (1934)

In one of America's most notorious crimes, the infant son of famed aviator Charles Lindbergh and his wife Anne Morrow Lindbergh was kidnapped in 1932. Although a ransom of $50,000 for his release was paid, the child's body was found murdered. Two years later, Hauptmann was found with part of the ransom. In a sensational trial, he was convicted of murder. Hauptmann maintained his innocence to the last, and although temporarily reprieved, he was executed in 1936. Why do some doubt his guilt? More...
Today's Birthday

"Mama" Cass Elliot (1941)

Elliot was an American singer and member of the vocal group The Mamas & the Papas. After the group broke up, she had a successful solo career, releasing several studio albums. In 1974, after a series of performances at the London Palladium, Elliot was found dead in an apartment loaned to her by singer Harry Nilsson—the same apartment where drummer Keith Moon died four years later. Although Elliot died from a heart attack, an often repeated urban myth states that she died by choking on what? More...
Quotation of the Day
All visible objects ... are but as pasteboard masks.

Herman Melville (1819-1891)

Idiom of the Day

now (that) you mention it

An expression used when one remembers or realizes something because of what the other person has just said. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of San Gennaro (2018)

San Gennaro, or St. Januarius, fourth-century bishop of Benevento, is the patron saint of Naples, Italy. He was eventually beheaded during the reign of Diocletian, and his body was brought to Naples, along with a vial containing some of his blood. The congealed blood, preserved since that time in the Cathedral of San Gennaro, is claimed to liquefy on the anniversary of his death each year—an event that has drawn crowds to Naples since 1389. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: sponge

loofah - Not a sponge but a dried tropical fruit used as a sponge. More...

sponge bath - An all-over washing of the body with a sponge or washcloth instead of taking a bath or shower. More...

bibulous - First meant "absorbent, like a sponge," and later figuratively meant "addicted to alcohol." More...

sponge - From Latin spongia, and Greek sphoggos, "water growth." More...

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