Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, February 9, 2017)
Word of the Day

smidgen

Definition:(noun) A very small quantity or portion; a bit or mite.
Synonyms:whit, iota, scintilla, shred, tittle
Usage: He did not possess even a smidgen of courage and readily yielded his sandwich to an irate squirrel.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Focusing Adverbs

Focusing adverbs are used to draw attention to a particular part of a clause. They frequently point to verb phrases. Where can focusing adverbs be placed in a sentence? More...
Article of the Day

The Vrba-Wetzler Report

Two weeks after their 1944 escape from Auschwitz, Rudolf Vrba and Alfréd Wetzler met with Jewish officials in Slovakia and gave them a detailed report on the Nazi concentration camp as well as sketches of its layout, gas chambers, and crematoria. Although the report's release to the public was controversially delayed, it was the first detailed report on Auschwitz that the Allies found credible and is credited with having saved many lives. Why did Vrba claim the report was deliberately withheld? More...
This Day in History

The Beatles Kick Off the British Invasion on The Ed Sullivan Show (1964)

Hailed as a milestone in American pop culture, the Beatles' first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show attracted a record 73 million viewers—the majority of Americans watching television that night. As the band's first concert in the US, the event effectively marked the beginning of the "British Invasion." The band opened with "All My Loving" in front of hundreds of screaming teenage fans. What caption accompanied John Lennon's name when it appeared on-screen over a close-up of his face? More...
Today's Birthday

William Henry Harrison (1773)

As the first governor of the Indiana Territory, Harrison negotiated treaties with Native Americans that ceded millions of acres of land to the US. In response, Tecumseh organized an uprising, which Harrison engaged at the famous Battle of Tippecanoe. He went on to lead forces in the War of 1812, recapturing Detroit from the British. Originally a Virginia aristocrat, he won the 1840 US presidential election by emphasizing his tough frontiersman image, only to die of what after a month in office? More...
Quotation of the Day
A nation never falls but by suicide.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

lose (one's)/the way

To become lost; to become unable to find the correct course forward. More...
Today's Holiday

Carnival (Rio de Janeiro) (2018)

Carnival is the largest popular festival in Brazil, and the most extravagant celebration takes place in Rio de Janeiro, where, since the 1930s, the parades, pageants, and costume balls go on for four days, all accompanied by the distinctive rhythm of the samba. The whole city is decorated with colored lights and streamers, and impromptu bands play on every street corner. The high point of the Carioca (as the natives of Rio are known) Carnival is the parade of the samba schools (Escola de Samba), which begins on Carnival Sunday and ends about midday on Monday. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: nails

hyponychial dirt - After an archaeology dig, you will have hyponychial dirt (under the nails). More...

gadzooks - An abridgment of God's hooks, "nails of the cross." More...

quick - Any tender or sensitive flesh, as under the nails, around a sore or wound, or under a hoof. More...

exungulate - To trim one's nails. More...

In the News

Does the Sound of Noisy Eating Drive You Mad? Here's Why

If you've ever been tempted to confront someone slurping their soup in a restaurant, or if a person breathing loudly next to you in the movie theater is enough to make your blood boil, then you're not alone: You're one of many people suffering from a ... More...
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