Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, March 19, 2015)
Word of the Day

parlance

Definition:(noun) A particular manner of speaking.
Synonyms:idiom
Usage: In vulgar parlance the condiments of a repast are called by the American "a relish," substituting the thing for its effect.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Quotation Marks

Quotation marks are most commonly used to indicate the exact words that someone else said. This is known as direct speech or direct quotation. What are the two forms of quotation marks? More...
Article of the Day

Phi Beta Kappa

Phi Beta Kappa is an academic honor society with the mission of "fostering and recognizing excellence" in undergraduate liberal arts and sciences. Founded at the College of William and Mary in 1776, it is the oldest such society in the US and today boasts 283 chapters and over half a million living members. Its symbol is a golden key engraved with the image of a pointing finger, the Greek letters from which the society takes its name, and three stars. What principles do these stars represent? More...
This Day in History

Nevada Legalizes Gambling (1931)

Though unregulated gambling had been common in early Nevada mining towns, it was outlawed in 1909, and for many years, the state's economy was carried by mining. However, with the mining industry in decline amid the Great Depression, state lawmakers agreed to re-legalize gambling in order to strengthen the state's finances. Today, the state economy is dominated by tourism and gaming. Nevada has the unusually high ratio of approximately one hotel room to how many state residents? More...
Today's Birthday

Sir Richard Frances Burton (1821)

Burton lived a life of adventure and scandal as an explorer, translator, fencer, ethnologist, poet, and spy. He spoke at least 25 languages and put these skills to use translating works like the Arabian Nights and Kama Sutra into English. His linguistic skills also helped him pass himself off as a Muslim so that he could visit the forbidden holy cities of Mecca and Medina. After he died, his wife burned 40 years' worth of his diaries. What caused the distinctive scars on his face? More...
Quotation of the Day
The pen is the tongue of the mind.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

make (oneself or something) ready (for someone or something)

To become or make something prepared for something or someone. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Joseph's Day (2018)

In Valencia, Spain, the feast of the foster-father of Jesus is a week-long festival called Fallas de San Jose (Bonfires of St. Joseph). On St. Joseph's Eve, March 18, fallas—huge floats of intricate scenes made of wood and papier-mâché, satirizing everything from the high cost of living to political personalities—parade through the streets. At midnight on March 19, the celebration ends with the spectacular ceremony known as the crema, when all the fallas are set on fire. The festival is said to reflect the happy and satirical nature of the Valencians. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: prove

probe, prove, probable - Latin probare, "approve, prove, test," is the source of English probe and prove. From that came Latin probabilis, "provable," which became English probable. More...

sooth, soothsayer, soothe - Sooth, "true, truth," or "that which is," is part of soothsayer; it is related to soothe, which once meant "assent to be true; say yes to," or "to prove or show a fact to be true." More...

approve - Its original sense was "prove, demonstrate." More...

rebut, refute - To rebut a statement is to offer clear evidence or a reasoned argument against it; to refute a statement is to prove it wrong (neither means "contradict" or "deny"). More...

In the News

Research: Loneliness Increases Risk of Death

Batman has Robin, Han Solo has Chewbacca, Christopher Robin has Poo—having companions in life doesn't just make for adventures, it can also help you live longer, according to recent analysis. Researchers say that being alone and feeling ... More...
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