Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, February 6, 2016)
Word of the Day

fatuity

Definition:(noun) Something that is utterly stupid or silly.
Synonyms:absurdity, fatuousness, silliness
Usage: In his fatuity, the beggar believed the princess to be in love with him.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Order of Adverbs

There is a general order in which the different categories of adverbs should appear—this is known as the order of adverbs (or the royal order of adverbs). What type of adverb is typically used first in a sentence? More...
Article of the Day

Lydia Fairchild and Her Hidden Twin

When DNA tests showed that Lydia Fairchild was not biologically related to her children, she was prosecuted for fraud and faced the possibility of having them removed from her custody. Throughout her trial, Fairchild maintained that she had conceived and given birth to all 3 children. Further testing led to shocking results: Fairchild had two sets of DNA, one carried in her skin and the other in her internal organs. She was, indeed, her children's mother. What is the name of this rare condition? More...
This Day in History

Treaty of Waitangi Establishes New Zealand as a British Colony (1840)

Though considered the founding document of New Zealand as a nation, the Treaty of Waitangi has been the subject of much debate since it was signed by representatives of the British crown and Maori chiefs in 1840. It gave Britain control of New Zealand while recognizing the native inhabitants' land rights. However, the English and Maori texts differed, leading to many controversies over its stipulations. In 1913, one of the treaty documents was restored after having been partially eaten by what? More...
Today's Birthday

Aaron Burr (1756)

Before he shot and mortally wounded Alexander Hamilton in the famous duel, Burr was a well-regarded lawyer and politician, having served in the American Revolution and held various offices, including that of senator. But after Hamilton used his influence to thwart more than one of his political aspirations, Burr—then vice president—challenged him to a duel and won. Later, he was tried for and acquitted of treason for a plan to seize what areas of North America, possibly to create a new country? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is no fun in doing nothing when you have nothing to do.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

Idiom of the Day

goodbye, cruel world

cliché An exclamation, note, or statement made immediately prior to one's death, especially by suicide. More...
Today's Holiday

Bob Marley Birthday Week (2020)

A week-long Bob Marley birthday celebration takes place every year over the course of the week of his birth date (February 6, 1945), with events centered in and around the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston, Jamaica. The celebration typically encompasses such events as symposia on Marley's life and work, films, lectures, learning activities for children, and of course a series of concerts celebrating Marley's music. Since Marley's death in 1981, the birthday celebration has grown in momentum, and it now draws hundreds of fans to his hometown. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: relax

relax - From Latin re- and laxus, "lax." More...

restive, restless - Restive means impatient or fidgety under pressure or restraint; restless is being uneasy, unquiet, or unable to relax or rest. More...

creolize - To relax in an elegant fashion in a warm climate. More...

rizzle - To relax after a heavy meal. More...

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