Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, September 22, 2018)
Word of the Day

scurvy

Definition:(adjective) Of the most contemptible kind.
Synonyms:abject, low-down, scummy, miserable, low
Usage: It was a scurvy trick to play on a helpless old lady, but he was desperate for money and therefore went along with the plan to swindle her out of her life savings.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Understanding Tenses in English

Grammatical tense refers to the conjugation of a verb to reflect its place in time—that is, when the action occurred. There are technically only two grammatical tenses in English: the past and the present. Why is English considered not to have a true future tense? More...
Article of the Day

Jump Rope

Dating from the 19th century, jump rope is traditionally a sidewalk or playground game in which players hold a rope at each end and twirl it in a circle, while one or more players jump over it. There are many variations, including "double Dutch," in which two ropes are twirled in opposite directions. Single-rope jumping is a popular workout, especially with boxers, to develop the lungs and improve footwork. Ten minutes of jumping rope is roughly equivalent to running a mile in how many minutes? More...
This Day in History

Shaka Zulu Is Assassinated (1828)

A skilled warrior, Shaka established himself as head of the Zulu circa 1816 and soon made them the dominant power in southeastern Africa. He was ruthless before his mother's death in 1827, but after, he became positively savage. He had at least 7,000 people executed for being insufficiently grief-stricken, put to death any couple found to have conceived during the mourning period, and even slaughtered cows so that their calves would know the loss of a mother. Who ultimately assassinated Shaka? More...
Today's Birthday

Anne of Austria, Queen of France (1601)

Neglected by her husband, French King Louis XIII, Anne of Austria stirred up controversy with flirtatious indiscretions. After her seemingly treasonous correspondence with Spain, her husband's principal minister, Cardinal Richelieu, attempted to limit her influence. When Louis died, Anne was declared sole regent of their son, Louis XIV—contrary to her husband's wishes—and strove to ensure his absolute power. What did she do that was hailed at the time as "a marvel when it was least expected"? More...
Quotation of the Day
An aching head soon makes one forget an aching heart.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

Idiom of the Day

rip-snorting mad

Extremely angry and agitated; infuriated. More...
Today's Holiday

Kiwanis Kids' Day (2018)

Kiwanis International first came up with the idea of setting aside a day to focus on children and their welfare in 1949. On the fourth Saturday in September, local Kiwanis clubs sponsor activities designed to show the community's appreciation of and pride in its children. The program for the day varies from one club to the next, but some of the more popular activities include parades, picnics and field days, talent shows, and youth recognition banquets. The idea is to show youngsters that they are an important part of the community and that the community wants them to be good citizens. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: solid

cholesterol - Comes from Greek words meaning "bile, gall" and "stiff, solid," plus the ending "-ol." More...

hydrogenated oil - An oil with trans-fatty acids that has been chemically changed from a room-temperature liquid state into a solid. More...

sublimate - In chemistry, to change from a solid to a gas or from a gas to a solid without becoming a liquid. More...

solder, solid - To solder something is etymologically to make it solid; solid comes from Latin solidus, "solid, whole." More...

In the News

Mars Explorers Could Live in 'Igloo' Near Red Planet's North Pole

Mars explorers could live in an igloo-like structure near the Red Planet's frigid north pole, to take advantage of the seasonally abundant solar energy in that region, a new study suggests. The Martian poles are famous among scientists for their ... More...
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