Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, December 29, 2017)
Word of the Day

hobgoblin

Definition:(noun) An object or a source of fear, dread, or harassment.
Synonyms:bugbear
Usage: But this encompassment of her own characterization ... was a sorry and mistaken creation of Tess's fancy—a cloud of moral hobgoblins by which she was terrified without reason.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Slash vs. Backslash

The slash must not be confused with a backslash ( \ ), which is used in computer programming but not in written English. When a distinction between the two needs to be made, what is the slash sometimes called? More...
Article of the Day

Ragweed

Ragweeds are flowering plants of the genus Ambrosia, most of which are native to America. The pollen of the weedy herbs is recognized as the primary cause of hay fever in eastern and middle North America. Its effects are exacerbated by the fact that ragweeds—which are anemophilous, or wind-pollinated—are each thought to be able to produce about one billion grains of pollen in a single season. For what other reasons is ragweed so difficult to eradicate? More...
This Day in History

WWII: Germans Firebomb the City of London (1940)

By the end of the Blitz—Germany's eight-month nighttime bombing campaign in Britain—tens of thousands of people were dead and millions of homes lay in ruins. For about a two-month period, the country faced nightly attacks. One of the worst raids occurred on December 29, when much of London—including such historic landmarks as St. Paul's Cathedral and the Guildhall—was destroyed or damaged by bombs and the fires they started. How many children were evacuated to the countryside during the Blitz? More...
Today's Birthday

Venustiano Carranza (1859)

After Mexican leader Porfirio Díaz was deposed in 1911, a protracted power struggle ensued. Carranza was the third person in as many years to assume executive power after Díaz's ouster, but revolutionary leaders Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata objected and responded with force. Carranza prevailed, but his failure to implement key provisions of the liberal constitution of 1917 led to further unrest, and he was killed in 1920. What does carrancear, coined during Carranza's tenure, mean? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is nothing so strange and so unbelievable that it has not been said by one philosopher or another.

Rene Descartes (1596-1650)

Idiom of the Day

in the thick of things

Very busy; in the middle of or preoccupied with something or several things. More...
Today's Holiday

Cali Fair (2018)

The rich cultural identity of Santiago de Cali, Colombia, has been celebrated each year since 1957 at the Cali Fair. The Fair is a major event that draws thousands of local residents and tourists from around the world. There are numerous artisans selling their crafts, street performers, and other forms of entertainment. A Bullfighting Festival is also part of the celebration, and a salsa marathon is one of many dance events held each year. It is said that during Fair time, Cali is the home of the best salsa dancing in the world. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: trained

dolphinarium - An aquarium in which dolphins are kept and trained for public entertainment. More...

Navy SEAL - A member of the special forces unit for the US Navy who is trained for unconventional warfare on sea, air, and land. More...

pergola - Can be described as an arbor formed of growing plants trained over a trellis. More...

brain drain - The emigration of highly trained or intelligent people from a country or other place. More...

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