Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, May 1, 2018)
Word of the Day

hoagie

Definition:(noun) A large sandwich made of a long crusty roll split lengthwise and filled with meats and cheese (and tomato and onion and lettuce and condiments); different names are used in different sections of the United States.
Synonyms:Italian sandwich, poor boy, sub, Cuban sandwich, grinder, zep, torpedo, wedge, submarine, bomber, hero
Usage: When I'm really hungry, I make myself a hoagie with all the trimmings.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Modal Auxiliary Verbs

A modal auxiliary verb is used to change the meaning of other verbs by expressing possibility, likelihood, ability, permission, obligation, or future intention. How many "true" modal auxiliary verbs are there? More...
Article of the Day

The Sprinkler Sprinkled

L'Arroseur Arrosé, or The Sprinkler Sprinkled, is an 1895 French silent film that contains the earliest known instance of film comedy and is the first film to portray a fictional story. Produced and directed by Louis Lumière, the film portrays a practical joke in which a boy torments a gardener by stepping on his garden hose, cutting off its water supply. When the gardener begins examining the nozzle, the boy lifts his foot, and the man is sprayed in the face. How long is the film? More...
This Day in History

General Mills Introduces Cheerios as CheeriOats (1941)

General Mills introduced its oat-based, ready-to-eat cold cereal as CheeriOats but, in 1946, changed its name to Cheerios because of a trademark dispute with Quaker Oats. Today, it comes in nearly a dozen different flavors and is marketed to children as well as adults. It has used several different characters in its advertising over the years, including Charlie Brown from Peanuts. Why did the US Food and Drug Administration call Cheerios an "unapproved new drug" in 2009? More...
Today's Birthday

Joseph Heller (1923)

As a bombardier with the US Air Force during World War II, American writer Joseph Heller flew 60 combat missions. He drew on his wartime experiences when writing his darkly humorous novel Catch-22 (1961), a satiric commentary on the absurdity of war and bureaucracy. One of the most significant works of postwar protest literature, it was a huge critical success. What did Heller famously reply when asked why he had not written anything else as good as Catch-22? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state with another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness.

Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870)

Idiom of the Day

high note

The most successful, impressive, or climactic point (of something). More...
Today's Holiday

Marshall Islands Constitution Day (2020)

In 1943, during World War II, the Allied forces invaded the Marshall Islands; at the end of the war, the United States was given effective power there. On May 1, 1979, the Marshall Islands constitution was signed, establishing it as a self-governing country. Constitution Day is a public holiday in the Marshall Islands. On this day of celebration, people gather together for a parade to commemorate their independence. Field-day contests are held between all private and public schools, entities within the community itself, and more. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: mystery

bags of mystery - Slang for sausage. More...

mystery - Traces back to Greek mustikos, "secret," and musterion, "secret rites"; the lesser-known meaning of mystery as "handicraft; art" is part of the phrase "mystery play." More...

mystify - Derived from mystery or mystic. More...

rune - An ancient alphabet letter, it is from Old English run, "secret, mystery." More...

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