Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, March 29, 2015)
Word of the Day

ostentatious

Definition:(adjective) Intended to attract notice and impress others.
Synonyms:pretentious, showy
Usage: His ostentatious displays of wealth did nothing to impress his neighbors, who were proud of their middle-class status.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Object Complements

Sometimes a verb is not complete with only a direct object, especially when that direct object is a person. More information about the object's relationship with the verb is required to form a complete thought. This additional information is known as the "object complement." Without an object complement, what question are we left asking about the direct object? More...
Article of the Day

Flea Markets

Flea markets are gatherings of buyers and vendors in open-market layouts. The vast majority of flea markets in rural areas sell goods that are secondhand, while newer but usually inexpensive items can be found at larger urban markets. The original flea market is likely the extant Marché aux puces in the northern suburbs of Paris, named after the flea-infested clothing and rags originally sold there in the 17th cent. What is a car boot sale? More...
This Day in History

Routledge Expedition Arrives at Easter Island (1914)

Today known by its traditional name of Rapa Nui, Easter Island is one of the most remote inhabited locations on Earth. The first study of the island by outsiders was undertaken by British archaeologist Katherine Routledge, who spent 16 months on Rapa Nui studying its indigenous Polynesian culture. She interviewed residents and catalogued the island's now-famous stone statues. Her scholarship proved to be invaluable to later researchers. Why did Routledge's husband eventually have her kidnapped? More...
Today's Birthday

Sam Walton (1918)

Born in Oklahoma and raised in Missouri during the Great Depression, Walton opened his first five-and-dime franchise in Arkansas in 1945. Seventeen years later, he opened his first Wal-Mart and began developing the Wal-Mart company into a national chain of massive, centrally controlled discount stores in small towns. By the time Walton died in 1992, his family was the wealthiest in the US, and Wal-Mart had become the country's largest retailer. How was Walton forced out of his first store? More...
Quotation of the Day
One man's ways may be as good as another's, but we all like our own best.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Idiom of the Day

man up

To deal with something in a more brave, stoic, or masculine way than one has done so hitherto. (Usually used imperatively.) More...
Today's Holiday

Madagascar Martyrs' Day (2018)

Madagascar Martyrs' Day memorializes those who died in the Revolt of 1947 against the French. Madagascar had been a French colony since 1896 and then was named an overseas territory within the French Union in the 1946 constitution. On March 29, 1947, the people staged a nationalist uprising against colonial forces. Casualties from the conflict were reported as high as 80,000. French military courts tried the leaders of the revolt and executed 20. On March 29, the Malagasy government and people remember those patriots who sacrificed their lives for their country's freedom. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: tails

comet - Has a tail, and gets its name from Greek kometes, "long-haired star." More...

bangs - The practice of cutting horses' tails the same length was called "banging off," which led to this term for a woman's hairstyle. More...

soup-and-fish - Refers to the attire of white tie and tails. More...

tailgate - Originally a gate that dropped down at the tail of a wagon. More...

In the News

2 Exotic Termites Find Love in Florida, Worrying Researchers

Two particularly hungry, exotic termite species apparently have found love halfway around the world and, as with so many other Florida hook-ups, the results are disturbing. Asian and Formosan subterranean termites are two of the most destructive termite ... More...
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