Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, March 31, 2015)
Word of the Day

seminal

Definition:(adjective) Highly influential in an original way; constituting or providing a basis for further development.
Synonyms:germinal, originative
Usage: He prepared a speech describing his experiment, never realizing that his presentation would be the seminal event in the development of a new theory.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Indicating Possession in Non-Plural Words and Names Ending in "-s"

There are two ways that we can indicate possession in non-plural words and names that end in "-s". Some writers prefer to treat them like plurals and simply add an apostrophe to the end, leaving out the second "-s." Other writers choose to add a second "-s" after the apostrophe to create the usual singular possessive form. As both forms are generally accepted, how do many writers choose between them? More...
Article of the Day

The Philly Cheesesteak

The Philly Cheesesteak is a sandwich of steak, cheese, and onions that is considered to be a city icon. Responsibility for its invention is claimed by Philadelphia's Olivieri brothers, who began selling it at their hot dog stand near south Philadelphia's Italian Market in the 1930s. Today, a number of long-running rival establishments each claim loyal followings, and Philadelphians enthusiastically debate the merits of each shop's recipe. What types of cheese are commonly used on cheesesteaks? More...
This Day in History

Exiled Dalai Lama Arrives in India (1959)

Tenzin Gyatso—better known as the Dalai Lama—was installed as the spiritual and political leader of Tibet before he reached the age of five. He was a teenager when China took control of Tibet, and subsequent suppression forced him flee to the northern Indian city of Dharamsala. There, he set up the Tibetan exile government. Famously pacifistic in his campaign for Tibetan independence, the Dalai Lama once said it would be appropriate to shoot someone in the leg in what hypothetical situation? More...
Today's Birthday

César Chávez (1927)

As the child of Mexican-American migrant laborers, Chávez spent his childhood in a succession of migrant camps, attending 65 different elementary schools. After a two-year stint in the Navy, he returned to migrant farm work and, in 1962, began organizing the largely Latino farmworkers of Arizona and California. A charismatic figure, he used strikes and nationwide boycotts to win union recognition and contracts from California grape and lettuce growers. How long did the first strike last? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is a curious thought, but it is only when you see people looking ridiculous that you realize just how much you love them.

Agatha Christie (1890-1976)

Idiom of the Day

need (something) (about) as much as (one) needs a hole in the head

To have absolutely no need or use for something. More...
Today's Holiday

Malta Freedom Day (2021)

In 1814, Malta became a crown colony of the British empire. Although Malta gained independence in 1964, the British armed forces did not completely leave until March 31, 1979. This freed Malta of foreign military occupation for the first time in history. In Malta, Freedom Day is a public holiday that commemorates the day the last of the British military left the Maltese Islands. On this holiday, a ceremony is held at the War Memorial in Floriana. The main events of the day take place around the Freedom Day Monument in Vittoriosa. In the afternoon, a competitive regatta is held in Grand Harbour. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: pink

pink - If you pink your eyes, you half-shut them. More...

in the pink - Comes from the English foxhunting tradition; people who foxhunt often wear scarlet jackets and are called pinks—so if you are in the pink, you are about to set off to gallop your horse across country. More...

incarnadine - Can mean "flesh-colored or pink," but also "crimson, blood-red." More...

pink - The color gets its name from the flowering plant of the same name. More...

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