Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, November 30, 2016)
Word of the Day

remunerate

Definition:(verb) To pay (a person) a suitable equivalent in return for goods provided, services rendered, or losses incurred.
Synonyms:recompense, compensate
Usage: John carefully weeded his neighbors' gardens, aware that they would remunerate him for a job well done.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Tense

Grammatical tense refers to the conjugation of a verb to reflect its place in time—that is, when the action occurred. There are technically only two grammatical tenses in English. What are they? More...
Article of the Day

The Klondike Gold Rush

In August 1896, a party led by Skookum Jim Mason discovered rich gold deposits near the confluence of the Klondike and Yukon rivers in northwest Canada. The news quickly spread to other mining camps in the river valley and reached the US within a year, setting off the Klondike Gold Rush that drew more than 30,000 prospectors to the area. By the time mining ended in 1966, the area had yielded $250 million in gold. What famous American author took part in the gold rush? More...
This Day in History

Meteorite Strikes Ann Elizabeth Hodges (1954)

Thousands of people are struck by lightning every year, but in 1954, Ann Hodges of Sylacauga, Alabama, became the first person in modern history to be hit by a meteorite. Hodges was napping on her couch when she was rudely awakened by a grapefruit-sized meteorite crashing through her roof, bouncing off her radio, and striking her on the hip. The incident left her badly bruised. Who prevailed in the dispute between Hodges and her landlord over ownership of the meteorite? More...
Today's Birthday

Joan Ganz Cooney (1929)

Cooney worked as a newspaper reporter and television publicist before becoming a producer for a public television station in New York City. There, she developed the concepts for children's programming that led to the incorporation of the Children's Television Workshop (CTW) in 1968. Through innovative programs like Sesame Street and 3, 2, 1 Contact, CTW transformed children's television and learning. What Emmy award-winning adult educational program did she help produce? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is cruel to discover one's mediocrity only when it is too late.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

be taken by surprise

To be happened upon when one is not ready, prepared, or on guard; to be shocked or startled by someone or something. More...
Today's Holiday

Eton Wall Game (2018)

Every year on St. Andrew's Day, England's prestigious Eton College holds the famous Eton Wall Game, a variety of rugby that has its own highly technical rules and is different from all other forms of the game. The object of the game is to win goals by maneuvering the ball into the opposing team's "calx," designated by a chalk line on a garden wall at one end of the field and by a mark on a tree at the other. The game is made up of many scrimmages along the brick wall that marks off the college athletic field for which the game is named, and goals are almost never scored. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: toss

fungo - A baseball drill in which a batter tosses a ball in the air and hits it as it descends, probably from Scottish fung, "to pitch, toss, fling." More...

jactitating, jactitation, jactation - If you toss and turn at night, you are jactitating; jactitation or jactation is restless tossing or twitching. More...

saute - A form of French sauter, it means "to leap or cause to toss." More...

walk - First meant "roll," "toss," or "move about; go"—from Old English wealcan, "to roll." More...

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