Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, October 30, 2016)
Word of the Day

paunch

Definition:(noun) A protruding abdomen.
Synonyms:belly
Usage: Jim's bride was an excellent cook, and after only a few weeks of marriage, he began to develop a significant paunch.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Participles

Participles are words formed from verbs that can function as adjectives or gerunds or can be used to form the continuous tenses and the perfect tenses of verbs. There are two participle forms—what are they? More...
Article of the Day

Beer

The world's oldest and most popular alcoholic beverage, beer is recorded in the written history of ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia and may have been brewed as early as the 6th millennium BCE. Today, approximately 35 billion gallons of beer are sold each year throughout the world. It is produced by fermenting sugars derived from starch-based materials, including malted barley and wheat, as well as millet in Africa, potato in Brazil, and agave in Mexico. What is the difference between ale and lager? More...
This Day in History

Bridge Spans the Bosphorus to Connect Europe and Asia (1973)

The shores of the Bosphorus Strait were once lined with fortifications built by Byzantine emperors and Ottoman sultans protecting Constantinople. Today, one of the world's longest suspension bridges spans the Bosphorus, linking European Turkey with Asian Turkey. The bridge was completed on October 30, 1973—one day after the Turkish republic's 50th anniversary. A second bridge was finished in 1988. What is not allowed to cross the Bosphorus Bridge? More...
Today's Birthday

Ezra Pound (1885)

A major shaper of 20th-century poetry, Pound was one of the most famous and controversial modern literary figures—praised as a subtle and complex poet, dismissed as a naive egotist and pedant, and condemned as a traitor and reactionary. He was a founder of the imagist poetry movement, an editor of several periodicals, and a mentor to many noted writers of his day. Arrested for treason in 1945, he was deemed insane and committed. What did he write during his 12 years in a US mental institution? More...
Quotation of the Day
Papa, potatoes, poultry, prunes, and prism are all very good words for the lips: especially prunes and prism.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Idiom of the Day

popcorn flick

A film that is entertaining to watch but is generally not of a very high quality or rich in emotional or intellectual depth. More...
Today's Holiday

Disarmament Week (2018)

The United Nations' Disarmament Week, observed between October 24 and October 30, was established in 1978. It begins on October 24, the anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, now observed as United Nations Day. Observance revolves around raising public awareness of the dangers of the arms race and the need for international disarmament. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: intoxicated

nappy - Describing a beer that has a head and is foaming—or a person who is slightly intoxicated. More...

capernoited - Slightly intoxicated. More...

groggy - From grog, "spirits mixed with water," it first meant "intoxicated." More...

temulent, temulency - Temulent means drunken or intoxicated; temulency is intoxication. More...

In the News

Artificial Hand Helps Amputees Feel Just How Hard to Squeeze

A next-generation artificial hand is letting two amputees tell the difference between a soft or firm touch — like holding a child without squeezing too tightly. It's another step toward developing prosthetics that can feel. Implanted electrodes allowed the ... More...
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