Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, February 1, 2017)
Word of the Day

roughneck

Definition:(noun) A cruel and brutal fellow.
Synonyms:yobo, bully, hooligan, rowdy, ruffian, yob, tough
Usage: The boys knew it was safer to avoid the alley where the neighborhood's roughnecks frequently gathered, but they chose to use the shortcut anyway.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Idioms that Start with Prepositions

Most idioms that start with prepositions are prepositional phrases and consist of a preposition followed by a noun or noun phrase. What are the most common prepositions found at the beginning of prepositional idioms? More...
Article of the Day

Vote Pairing

Also called vote swapping, vote pairing is an election system that allows people to vote tactically. A person who engages in this sort of vote trading agrees to vote for a less-preferred candidate who has a greater chance of winning in his district, and in exchange, a voter from another district agrees to vote for the candidate the first voter prefers. Though the practice is fairly informal, it can sometimes be quite sophisticated and involve websites that pair up voters. Is the practice legal? More...
This Day in History

Janet Jackson's Wardrobe Malfunctions (2004)

Nearly 90 million people watched Super Bowl XXXVIII, and approximately 540,000 of them filed complaints with the Federal Communications Commission after Justin Timberlake exposed fellow singer Janet Jackson's breast during the game's halftime show. The incident led to legal action, heavy fines, and a crackdown on aspects of US broadcasting considered indecent. Shortly after the "wardrobe malfunction," a streaker darted onto the field in an unrelated stunt. What happened to him? More...
Today's Birthday

Johannes Trithemius (1462)

In 1482, 20-year-old scholar Johannes Trithemius was traveling home from university when a snowstorm forced him to take refuge in the Benedictine abbey at Sponheim, Germany. He decided to stay and was soon elected abbot, whereupon he began transforming the abbey into a place of serious study. Allegations of occultism in his writings led to his resignation, but some of those volumes that were once assumed to be about magic have since been deciphered and are now known to deal with what subject? More...
Quotation of the Day
Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

loose talk

Uninhibited, indiscreet talk or conversation, especially as might unintentionally lead to revealing private or sensitive information to others. More...
Today's Holiday

National Freedom Day (2018)

National Freedom Day commemorates the abolition of slavery in the United States. On that date in 1865, President Abraham Lincoln signed the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, making slavery illegal. The purpose of the day is to celebrate the freedom from slavery for all people and to acknowledge the importance of freedom and harmony in American society. Freedom Day is not a federal holiday, and a strong drive is underway to adopt June 19, or Juneteenth, as it is known, as the American holiday to celebrate the end of slavery. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: sponge

loofah - Not a sponge but a dried tropical fruit used as a sponge. More...

sponge bath - An all-over washing of the body with a sponge or washcloth instead of taking a bath or shower. More...

bibulous - First meant "absorbent, like a sponge," and later figuratively meant "addicted to alcohol." More...

sponge - From Latin spongia, and Greek sphoggos, "water growth." More...

In the News

Timing of Your Meals Might Reduce Heart Risks

People who want a healthy heart should be mindful of not only what they eat, but when they eat, according to a new scientific statement from the American Heart Association (AHA). The report is a response to the growing evidence that timing matters when it ... More...
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