Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, January 4, 2017)
Word of the Day

tussock

Definition:(noun) A clump or tuft, as of growing grass.
Synonyms:tuft
Usage: The chameleon hid in a colorful tussock of vegetation.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Modal Auxiliary Verbs - Must

The modal verb "must" is most often used to express necessity—i.e., that something has to happen or be the case. When is "must" used in interrogative sentences? More...
Article of the Day

Transient Lunar Phenomena

Transient lunar phenomena are short-lived lights, colors, or other changes in the appearance of the moon's surface. Reports of such events have been recorded for at least 1,000 years and range from foggy patches to major changes in the lunar landscape. Though some have been observed independently by multiple witnesses or reputable scientists, the vast majority of accounts have come from a single observer or from a single location. What explanations have been given for the phenomena? More...
This Day in History

Donald Campbell Dies in Water Speed Record Attempt (1967)

Following in the footsteps of his father—record-breaking English racing enthusiast Malcolm Campbell—Donald Campbell set the world speed record on water at 276 mph (445 km/h) in 1964. In 1967, during an attempt to set a new record, Donald's jet-powered boat violently disintegrated over Coniston Water, killing him instantly. Though his teddy bear mascot was found floating among the debris, Donald's body was not recovered until nearly 35 years later. Did he at least succeed in breaking his record? More...
Today's Birthday

James Bond (1900)

An expert in Caribbean birds and a distinguished ornithologist at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, Bond wrote the definitive Birds of the West Indies in 1936. The book came to the attention of avid bird-watcher Ian Fleming, who lived in Jamaica. He contacted Bond and asked if he could use the ornithologist's name for the hero of his first novel, Casino Royale. Bond agreed. In what film can the fictional Bond be seen reading the real-life Bond's book? More...
Quotation of the Day
For an artist to marry his model is as fatal as for a gourmet to marry his cook: the one gets no sittings, and the other gets no dinners.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

take a load off (one's feet)

To sit down and rest one's feet; to relax. (Usually said as a suggestion.) More...
Today's Holiday

Sakata Chauth (2018)

Hindu men and women fast on this day in honor of Ganesh, the Hindu god of wisdom with the head of an elephant, because it is believed to be the day of his birth. After being bathed first thing in the morning, the statue of Ganesh is worshipped with sweets and balls made of jaggery (a coarse, dark sugar made from palm trees) and sesame seeds. When the moon rises, the fast is broken, and the moon god is worshipped and offered water. The day-long fast observed on Sakata Chauth is believed to ensure wisdom, a trouble-free life, and prosperity. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: snort

chortle - Probably a blend of chuckle and snort, coined by Lewis Carroll. More...

frump - Also means a snort or a sneer or jeer. More...

snore, snort - Like snort, which originally meant "snore," snore is from a Germanic base imitative of the sound. More...

whoofle - To snort, gurgle, or snuffle. More...

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