Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, February 21, 2015)
Word of the Day

mountebank

Definition:(noun) A hawker of quack medicines who attracts customers with stories, jokes, or tricks.
Synonyms:charlatan
Usage: Walking down the street, they saw a mountebank beguiling his audience with tales of miracles achieved through his remedies.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Personal Pronouns - Person

Grammatical person refers to the perspectives of the personal pronouns used to identify a person in speech and text (e.g. first, second, and third person). What is the generic "you," and when is it used? More...
Article of the Day

Cricket

Cricket is a sport played by two teams of 11 players on an oval-shaped grass field, in the center of which is a flat strip of ground 66 feet (20.1 m) long, called a “pitch.” At each end of the pitch stands a wicket—or arrangement of wooden stumps—and a batsman whose goal is to protect it from the opposing bowler's ball and, if he can, exchange places with his teammate at the other end of the pitch, thereby scoring a run. What are possible explanations for the origin of the name “cricket”? More...
This Day in History

The Creation of the Peace Symbol (1958)

Historically, the idea of peace has been represented by symbols that attempt to transcend differences of culture, such as the white dove, the olive branch, and the broken rifle. The now-familiar line-drawing of a crow's foot in a circle was created specifically for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament by British artist Gerald Holtom, but it quickly caught on as a general, international sign for peace. Holtom has stated that it is derived from the semaphore flag signals for what two letters? More...
Today's Birthday

Jeanne Calment (1875)

At the age of 100, Calment was still riding a bicycle around her native Arles, France. She lived on her own until she was 110 and smoked until she was 117. She saw the Eiffel Tower being built and remembered selling colored pencils to Vincent van Gogh as a girl in her family's shop. By the time she died in 1997 at the age of 122, Calment had lived the longest confirmed human life in history—and outlived her entire family. What foods have been cited as contributing to Calment's longevity? More...
Quotation of the Day
It takes people a long time to learn the difference between talent and genius, especially ambitious young men and women.

Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888)

Idiom of the Day

(one's) lucky day

A particular day or moment in one's life when one experiences extremely good luck, fortune, or favor. More...
Today's Holiday

Shaheed Day (2018)

Shaheed or Shahid Day is a national day of mourning in Bangladesh. Before becoming autonomous in 1971, Bangladesh had been East Pakistan ever since India gained independence from Britain in 1947. West Pakistan wanted to make its language, Urdu, the only official language of both Pakistans. Most of the people in East Pakistan spoke Bengali and opposed the restriction on their language in government and commerce. In 1952, students held protests which erupted in violence. Lives were lost, and, as a memorial, people form a procession from the Azimpur graveyard on February 21 each year. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: riding

davering - Riding or walking in a dazed condition. More...

dressage - The art of riding and training horses, from French dresser, "to train." More...

road - First meant "riding" or "hostile incursion on horseback"—a sense preserved in "inroads." More...

jounce - To move roughly or violently up and down, as when one is riding a horse. More...

In the News

New Dr. Seuss Book to Hit Shelves in 2015

What Pet Should I Get, a new book by Dr. Seuss (AKA Theodor Geisel), is scheduled for a July 2015 release, 25 years after his last book, Oh, the Places You'll Go!, was published. The new Seuss book is comprised of material that Geisel's wife found shortly after his death in 1991 and then rediscovered in 2013. His art director dates these sketches back to the late 1950s or early '60s, noting that they depict the same siblings as the 1960 Seussian smash One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish. More...
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