Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, February 2, 2020)
Word of the Day

brattle

Definition:(verb) Make a rattling sound.
Synonyms:clack, clatter
Usage: Whenever I hear my dishes brattle in the cabinet, I know that the train will be passing by shortly.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Understanding the Order of Adjectives

Adjectives are words that modify a noun or a pronoun. Using more than one adjective in a sentence makes our writing and speech richer and more concise. In English, we generally have a specific order of adjectives. Why is this important? More...
Article of the Day

Hortensia

The daughter of Roman orator Quintus Hortensius, Hortensia earned fame of her own by giving a speech before the members of the Second Triumvirate in 42 BCE on behalf of the women of Rome. That year, Rome's state-sponsored military legions were at war with the assassins of Julius Caesar. To fund the war, lawmakers imposed a tax on Rome's 1,400 wealthiest women, who were outraged at the prospect of being taxed for a war over which they had no control. How did the lawmakers respond to her speech? More...
This Day in History

Sled Dogs Reach Nome, Alaska, with Diphtheria Serum (1925)

In 1925, a diphtheria outbreak threatened the small city of Nome. The town's supply of antitoxin had run out, and a mail shipment would have taken weeks to arrive. After learning of the crisis, 20 mushers and some 150 sled dogs, including the famous Balto, relayed fresh antitoxin 674 miles (1,085 km) in a record five and a half days, preventing an epidemic. Today, the heroic journey is commemorated by the annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. How long does it take modern competitors to complete? More...
Today's Birthday

George Halas, "Papa Bear" (1895)

Halas was a pioneering football player, coach, and owner of one of the 11 original teams in the American Professional Football Association (APFA), the Decatur Staleys. Founded in 1920, the APFA went on to become the National Football League (NFL) in 1922—the same year Halas moved his team to Chicago and renamed it the Bears. Under his leadership, the Chicago Bears won seven NFL championships. In addition to coaching, Halas also played what position during the 1920s? More...
Quotation of the Day
I shall ask for brains instead of a heart; for a fool would not know what to do with a heart if he had one.

L. Frank Baum (1856-1919)

Idiom of the Day

get the knack of

To learn how to do something competently or well after a certain period of practice or development. More...
Today's Holiday

Edison Festival of Light (2020)

The Edison Festival of Light is held annually in Fort Myers, Florida, for more than three weeks, encompassing Thomas Edison's birthday. Highlights of the festival include concerts, the coronation of the King and Queen of Edisonia, a children's parade, fireworks, exhibits of Edison's various inventions, and exhibits of regional inventors. The Grand Parade of Light—a nighttime procession of more than 100 bands, floats, and marching units—is the festival's grand finale. Edison's winter home and his Florida laboratory are open to the public year-round. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: rubber

awareness band, awareness bracelet - An awareness band or awareness bracelet is made of rubber or fabric on which a slogan is written, usually sold to raise awareness for charitable causes. More...

Macintosh - A raincoat, named for Charles Macintosh (Scottish inventor, 1766-1843), who discovered how to waterproof fabric with rubber. More...

rubber - In the sense of the latex of the rubber plant, it is so called because you can rub out pencil marks with it, not the other way around. More...

amorphous - Something amorphous has no real shape or is irregularly shaped—like pudding; an amorphous solid lacks the perfect ordered structure of crystals. Other examples are glass, polymers, and rubber. More...

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