Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, November 3, 2015)
Word of the Day

hovercraft

Definition:(noun) A craft capable of moving over water or land on a cushion of air created by jet engines.
Synonyms:ground-effect machine
Usage: The police lost track of the bank robbers at the water's edge, where the thieves escaped in a hovercraft.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Adverbial Complements

Adverbial complements are adverbs or other adverbial elements in a clause that are required to complete the meaning of the verb. How do they differ from adverbial adjuncts? More...
Article of the Day

Tootsie Rolls

The Tootsie Roll chocolatey chew has a long history that begins in New York City in 1896. Leo Hirshfield invented the candy as a non-melting, economical alternative to traditional chocolates. Tootsie Rolls were so hardy, in fact, that they were added to soldiers' rations during WWII. As of 2003, Tootsie Roll Industries, Inc. was producing 60 million Tootsie Rolls and 20 million Tootsie Pops, lollipops with a Tootsie Roll filling, every day. During what era did the Tootsie Pop gain popularity? More...
This Day in History

Christopher Columbus First Sights the Caribbean Island of Dominica (1493)

On the first Sunday in November 1493, Christopher Columbus spotted a mountainous island between Martinique and Guadeloupe in the Caribbean Sea. Ignoring the fact that its Carib inhabitants already had a name for the island, Columbus renamed it Dominica, the Latin name for the day of the week on which he spotted it. The Caribs managed to resist Spanish efforts to colonize the island but were unable to fend off the British and French. When did Dominica finally gain its independence? More...
Today's Birthday

Walker Evans (1903)

Evans was an American photographer known for his stark photos of the rural South during the Great Depression, taken for the Farm Security Administration. In 1936, Fortune magazine sent Evans and writer James Agee to document poverty in rural Alabama. The magazine rejected their work, but the two used the material for their landmark 1941 book Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. A 2005 Fortune article revealed that some of their subjects were upset about the book for what reasons? More...
Quotation of the Day
Soap and education are not as sudden as a massacre, but they are more deadly in the long run.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

scare story

A story or rumor that makes something seem more serious, dreadful, or terrifying than it really is. More...
Today's Holiday

Dominica Independence Day (2018)

On this day in 1978, Dominica gained independence from Britain as it became a member of the Commonwealth. It is celebrated as a national holiday for three days, including November 3. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: staff

baguette - Means "little rod" and is derived from Latin baculum, "staff, stick." More...

dough - As in money, it almost certainly came from bread (another slang term for it), because bread is the staff of life. More...

staff - From Germanic stabaz, "stick"; its sense as "employees" is probably an allusion to the carrying of a staff of office by a person in charge. More...

miter, mitre, crosier - The tall, pointy hat of a bishop or abbot is the miter/mitre—from Greek mitra, "headdress"; a crosier is a bishop's staff. More...

In the News

Low-Fat and Low-Carb Diets Show Little Success in the Long Term

Some diets claim you must eat less fat to have any hope of losing weight. Others insist the only way to shed pounds is to shed carbs. A new study suggests that it doesn't much matter which diet you follow. Researchers set out to answer this age-old debate: Are ... More...
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