Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, February 14, 2015)
Word of the Day

doggerel

Definition:(noun) Crudely or irregularly fashioned verse, often of a humorous or burlesque nature.
Synonyms:jingle
Usage: I want the man I love and honor to be something finer and higher than a perpetrator of jokes and doggerel.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Substituting Modal Verbs

Modal auxiliary verbs can be quite similar in how they are used, and it is sometimes unclear when it is appropriate to use one instead of another. For instance, "will," "can," "could," and "would" can all be used to make a request of someone, with differing degrees of what? More...
Article of the Day

The Great Mississippi Flood

The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 was the most destructive river flood in US history. Following heavy rains in 1926, the Mississippi River broke out of its levee system in 145 places, causing over $400 million in damages and killing 246 people in seven states. After the disaster, the federal government took over flood-control work—stabilizing river banks, improving channels, and constructing levees, floodwalls, floodways, and reservoirs. What famous song was written about the flood? More...
This Day in History

Ayatollah Khomeini Calls for the Execution of Author Salman Rushdie (1989)

When British-Indian author Salman Rushdie's fourth novel, The Satanic Verses, was published in 1988, it received much critical acclaim, but it was also the subject of intense controversy within the Muslim community due to its allegedly blasphemous content. Particularly outraged was Iran's political and religious leader Ayatollah Khomeini, who issued a call for Rushdie's execution. What misunderstanding about the book's title, as translated into Arabic, may have contributed to the crisis? More...
Today's Birthday

Anna Howard Shaw (1847)

Some feminists observe Shaw's birthday in place of Valentine's Day, celebrating her legacy as a leading American suffragist, doctor, and lecturer. During World War I, she coordinated women's activities in the war effort, becoming the first woman to earn the Distinguished Service Medal. After becoming a close confidante of Susan B. Anthony, Shaw worked as one of the most effective speakers of the suffrage movement. She was also a minister who became the first woman to be ordained by what church? More...
Quotation of the Day
She had a pretty gift for quotation, which is a serviceable substitute for wit.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

not be lost on (someone)

To have a significant or noticeable impact or effect on someone; to be valued, appreciated, or understood by someone. More...
Today's Holiday

Vinegrower's Day (2018)

This pre-harvest vineyard festival in Bulgaria involves pruning the vines and sprinkling them with wine. Ritual songs and dances are performed in hopes of a plentiful grape harvest. In some areas, a "Vine King" is crowned with a wreath of twigs from the vineyards. Everyone treats him with great respect, for it is believed that fertility depends on the King's happiness. Visits to well-known Bulgarian vineyards are organized, the vines are pruned, and guests are given an opportunity to sample the local wine and foods. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: touching

adjoining - Implies meeting and touching at some point or line. More...

tact, taction - Tact first referred to the sense of touch, from Latin tactus, "touch, sense of touch"; taction is the action of touching. More...

contact - Its underlying notion is "touching," from Latin tangere, "touch." More...

attinge, attingent - To attinge is to touch or come into contact with; attingent is touching or being in contact. More...

In the News

Love Is in the Air

If you've had enough with online dating, try airline dating. Australian airline Jetstar has teamed with a feng shui master to match compatible single passengers. Interested participants simply need to enter their relationship status and birthday online to generate a feng shui report that lists their ideal travel destinations and in-flight seats, as well as their best zodiac matches. Single passengers can also enter a contest to win a trip overseas with a blind date selected based on potential compatibility. The program, called "Love Is in the Zodiac Pair," drew 5,000 applications within hours of launching. More...
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