Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, July 6, 2019)
Word of the Day

crepitate

Definition:(verb) Make a crackling sound.
Synonyms:crackle
Usage: My physical therapist jokes that I have bubble wrap in my knee, because it crepitates every time that I squat down.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Past Perfect Tense

The past perfect tense expresses the idea that something occurred before another action in the past. What else can it show? More...
Article of the Day

Hobble Skirts

From 1909 to 1914, Paris high fashion was dominated by French designer Paul Poiret, who put an end to wasp waists and constricting corsets and revived a simple, Empire-waisted silhouette. He is best known for the hobble skirt, to which he later added draped and belted knee-length tunics. Popular between 1910 and 1914, hobble skirts were long skirts cut so narrow at the ankles that they hindered walking. According to one account, Poiret's design may have been inspired by what aviation event? More...
This Day in History

Louis Pasteur Successfully Tests His Rabies Vaccine (1885)

Pasteur was a pioneer in the field of germ theory. In 1881, the inventor of pasteurization perfected a way to isolate and weaken germs, and he went on to develop a vaccine against anthrax in sheep. He soon turned his attention to researching rabies. In 1885, he inoculated a 9-year-old boy who had been badly mauled by a rabid dog. The vaccine likely prevented the boy from contracting rabies, which then meant certain death. How did Pasteur's chickens accidentally get vaccinated against cholera? More...
Today's Birthday

Merv Griffin (1925)

Originally a singer and nightclub performer, Griffin first achieved wider fame in the early 1950s with the hit song I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts. He then shifted his focus to television, hosting The Merv Griffin Show from 1965 to 1986. He created the popular game shows Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! and wrote the latter's famous theme song. Later, he invested in casinos, resorts, and hotels. What humorous epitaph was inscribed on his gravestone? More...
Quotation of the Day
Ambition is like choler, which is a humor that maketh men active, earnest, full of alacrity, and stirring, if it be not stopped; but if it be stopped, and cannot have its way, it becometh adust, and thereby malign and venomous.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

be left holding the bag

To have responsibility or guilt for something foisted upon oneself; to take the blame for something. Primarily heard in US. More...
Today's Holiday

Malawi Republic Day (2020)

Also known as National Day, this holiday commemorates Malawi's independence from Britain on this day in 1966. At midnight on July 6, 1966, 40,000 people cheered the changing of the flag at Central Stadium, ushering in Malawi's autonomy. Today ceremonies and prayer services are held at stadiums in Blantyre, Mzuzu, or the capital city of Lilongwe. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: plum

drupe - A fleshy fruit with thin skin and a central stone (e.g. almonds, cherries, plums, olives), it comes from Latin drupa, "overripe olive," from Greek druppa, "olive." More...

plum, prune - Plum and prune are ultimately the same word, coming from Greek proumnon. More...

plum job - Relates to the 1600s British term "plum" for 1,000 pounds, meaning a serious amount of money. More...

plum pudding - So named because it was originally made with plums—the word was retained to denote "raisin," which became the main ingredient. More...

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