Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, December 22, 2015)
Word of the Day

rigmarole

Definition:(noun) Confused, rambling, or incoherent discourse; nonsense.
Synonyms:twaddle, story, saga, trash, jargon, yarn, gibberish, spiel
Usage: When I asked why he missed the meeting, he gave me some rigmarole about the train being late.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Prepositions in Idioms

Many prepositions can be used with certain words or phrases to form idioms. These prepositional idioms typically begin or end with a preposition. How can prepositional idioms function in a sentence? More...
Article of the Day

Shire Horses

This breed of draft horse native to central England is known for the long, white, silky hair on the lower parts of its legs. Widely used as a war horse during the Middle Ages, the Shire was well adapted to carry the excessive weight of armor worn by both horse and rider. It was also originally the staple breed used to draw ale delivery carts. The tallest of the modern draft breeds, a Shire stallion may stand how many hands high? More...
This Day in History

The Lincoln Tunnel Opens to Traffic (1937)

About 120,000 vehicles pass under the Hudson River by way of the 1.5-mile (2.4-km) Lincoln Tunnel every day. A vital link between New York's Manhattan borough and Weehawken, New Jersey, the tunnel was constructed under the supervision of civil engineer and underwater tunnel pioneer Ole Singstad. The first two-lane tube opened in 1937, with two others opening in 1945 and 1957. To accommodate rush-hour traffic patterns, lanes can be reversed. How much was the original fare when the tunnel opened? More...
Today's Birthday

Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869)

Considered by some to have been the best American poet of his time, Robinson is now primarily remembered for his short poems about the lives—mostly tragic—of people in a small New England village. He briefly attended Harvard but had to drop out after his father's death and thereafter endured years of poverty and obscurity before his poetry was noticed. A quiet, introverted man, Robinson never married and became legendary for his reclusiveness. Why did he have no name until he was six months old? More...
Quotation of the Day
The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

lightning in a bottle

An incredibly difficult, unlikely, and/or elusive achievement or period of success. (Usually used with "catch" or "capture.") Primarily heard in US. More...
Today's Holiday

Zimbabwe National Unity Day (2017)

Begun in 1997, National Unity Day celebrates the coming together of Zimbabwe's two political parties, the Zanu-PF and PF Zapu (one representing the Shona-speaking and the other the Ndebele-speaking peoples). Among the celebrations to mark National Unity Day are a number of sporting events, including a soccer championship in which the winning team receives the Unity Cup. In the city of Masvingo, the general public and leading political figures gather at the Great Zimbabwe National Monuments for a concert featuring a number of popular singers and musicians. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: mechanism

mechanical pencil - Pushes graphite out by a mechanism such as a spring or a screw. More...

pinwheel - Originally a mechanism in a clock. More...

gadget - May come from French gachette, which is or has been applied to various pieces of mechanism, or from Gaget, the person who created the first so-called gadgets—miniature Statues of Liberty sold in Paris—or from a Navy term for a tool or mechanical device for which one could not recall the name. More...

rack, pinion - Rack is the linear gear and pinion is the circular gear in a mechanism. More...

In the News

Scientists Have Found that Part of Your Brain Where Christmas Spirit Lives

If you looked inside the brains of Ebenezer Scrooge and his mild-mannered clerk Bob Cratchit, you may find biology explains their conflicting views on Christmas. It seems those warm feelings associated with the season actually activates a response in ... More...
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