Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, January 6, 2016)
Word of the Day

didactic

Definition:(adjective) Intended to instruct.
Synonyms:didactical
Usage: "The principal difficulty in your case," remarked Holmes, in his didactic fashion, "lay in the fact of there being too much evidence."
Daily Grammar Lesson

Prepositions

Prepositions are used to express the relationship of a noun or pronoun (or another grammatical element functioning as a noun) to the rest of the sentence. How do prepositions differ from infinitives? More...
Article of the Day

The Catch

During Game 1 of the 1954 World Series, Willie Mays of the New York Giants made one of the greatest and most famous plays in the history of baseball. In the eighth inning, with the score tied 2–2, Mays tracked down a deep fly ball and caught it over his shoulder before spinning and hurling it to the infield to keep the runners in place and prevent the Cleveland Indians from taking the lead. The tied game went into extra innings and ended when which team finally scored its winning runs? More...
This Day in History

Figure Skater Nancy Kerrigan Is Attacked (1994)

Shortly before the 1994 Winter Olympics, Kerrigan was clubbed in the knee in an attack that had been planned by the ex-husband of Tonya Harding, one of Kerrigan's rivals for a place on the US Olympic team. Footage of Kerrigan's reaction to the attack was replayed heavily on television, and the story became a media sensation. Despite the injury, Kerrigan won an Olympic silver medal. Harding also performed, but poorly. Kerrigan's image suffered after she made what remarks about the gold medalist? More...
Today's Birthday

Heinrich Schliemann (1822)

As a boy, Schliemann loved Homer's Iliad and Odyssey. After making his fortune, he devoted himself at the age of 36 to searching for the ruins of the ancient city of Troy, which played a prominent role in Homer's account of the Trojan War but was believed to be fictional. In 1873, Schliemann not only found the remains of Troy—verifying the Trojan War's place in history—but also uncovered the ruins of several other cities that had been built on the same site. Where did he find Troy? More...
Quotation of the Day
When the sword is once drawn, the passions of men observe no bounds of moderation.

Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804)

Idiom of the Day

loaf about

To waste time idly; to spend time doing little or nothing. More...
Today's Holiday

Three Kings Day in Native American Pueblos (2018)

Three Kings Day is the day for the installation of new officers and governors at most of the 19 Native American pueblos in New Mexico. The inaugural day begins with a church ceremony during which four walking canes, the symbols of authority, are passed on to the new governor. The governor is honored with a dance, which starts in mid-morning and is usually some form of an animal dance—often the Eagle, Elk, Buffalo, and Deer dances. Spirited and animated, they are considered a form of prayer. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: pen

lapsus calami, lapsus memoriae - A lapsus calami is a slip of the pen; a lapsus memoriae is a slip of the memory. More...

ruling pen - A type of pen used in graphic design and calligraphy for drawing precise lines of various thicknesses. More...

nom de plume - Literally "name of the pen," meaning "pseudonym." More...

trait - A stroke of a pen or pencil. More...

In the News

What Makes a Diet Easy to Follow?

Losing weight is never going to be a piece of cake. But obstacles such as bland food, a rigid eating schedule and hours-long meal prep make sticking to a diet – and seeing the number on the scale steadily decline – much less likely. That's why it's smart to ... More...
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