Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, March 7, 2015)
Word of the Day

caper

Definition:(noun) A playful leap or hop.
Synonyms:capriole
Usage: The child's playfulness was amusing at first, but they soon grew tired of his capers.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Modal Auxiliary Verbs - Shall

The modal auxiliary verb "shall" is used in many of the same ways as "will," including to form future tenses and to make requests or offers. Generally, "shall" is only used with what subject pronouns? More...
Article of the Day

The Addams Family

The Addams Family is a group of eccentric characters representing a satirical inversion of the ideal American nuclear family. A creation of American cartoonist Charles Addams, the group first appeared in a comic strip in The New Yorker, and has since been featured in TV shows, movies, and video games. In Charles Addams' original cartoons, the characters were not named. When the TV show was developed, Addams was asked to contribute names. All his suggestions were used except for what? More...
This Day in History

British Parliament Votes in Favor of All-Elected House of Lords (2007)

In the UK, Parliament consists, technically, of the monarch, the House of Commons, and the House of Lords. The great power of the House of Commons lies, historically, in its control of government finances. However, the powers of the House of Lords have been negligible since 1911, when an act stripped the House of Lords of its veto power on money bills and on other bills under some circumstances. The vote in 2007 for an all-elected House of Lords came after several votes on what other options? More...
Today's Birthday

Anna Magnani (1908)

An illegitimate child abandoned by her parents and raised by her grandparents in a Roman slum, Magnani overcame incredible odds to become an internationally acclaimed, Academy Award-winning actress. She began her performing career singing bawdy street songs in the nightclubs of Rome, but before long she was starring on the stage and screen, earning recognition for her dynamic and forceful portrayals of earthy, lower-class women. A believer in the supernatural, Magnani claimed to have what power? More...
Quotation of the Day
Be good and you will be lonesome.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

make an end of (something)

To stop, cease, or conclude something. More...
Today's Holiday

Burbank Day (2018)

The birthday of naturalist and plant breeder Luther Burbank (1849-1926) is observed in California in much the same way Arbor Day is observed in other states—that is, with activities promoting the value of natural resources and the protection of trees and birds. Burbank moved from his native Massachusetts to Santa Rosa, Califotnia, in 1875 and spent the rest of his life there experimenting with new varieties of fruits, flowers, and vegetables. On March 7 a birthday and Arbor Day celebration is held at the Luther Burbank Home and Gardens. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: shed

train shed - A large structure sheltering tracks and platforms of a railroad station. More...

hangar - Simply meant "shed" for carriages when it came into English. More...

shebang - May come from an Irish name for a speakeasy—shebeen—so the "whole shebeen" was the whole drinking establishment; shebang also first meant "hut, shed, dwelling." More...

shoding, shed - The part in a person's hair is the shoding or shed. More...

In the News

Liberia Releases Last Known Ebola Patient from Care

Liberia's last Ebola patient left the hospital on Thursday to cheers of delight from friends and family, a year after the West African country reported its first case. The capital Monrovia was once at the heart of an epidemic that has ... More...
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