Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, March 9, 2018)
Word of the Day

self-sufficient

Definition:(adjective) Able to provide for or support oneself without the help of others.
Synonyms:self-sustaining
Usage: A strong and self-reliant man, he had all his life ignored companionship, had been well content to live without friends, self-contained and self-sufficient.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Other Categories of Speech

Speech is usually divided between two types: direct speech and reported speech. There are also two other sub-categories of speech that we use. What are they? More...
Article of the Day

The Tylenol Crisis of 1982

The Tylenol Crisis, as it is now known, took place in the fall of 1982, when seven people in the Chicago area died after ingesting Extra Strength Tylenol capsules laced with the poison potassium cyanide. Their deaths, the first known to have been caused by deliberate product tampering, led to packaging reforms and federal anti-tampering laws. Despite a $100,000 reward offered by Johnson & Johnson, the perpetrator was never caught. How did Tylenol recover after the collapse of its market share? More...
This Day in History

Notorious B.I.G. Shot and Killed in Los Angeles (1997)

Seven months after rival rapper Tupac Shakur was gunned down in Las Vegas, Christopher Wallace—better known as the Notorious B.I.G.—was killed in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles. Although it has been widely speculated that Wallace was shot in retaliation for Shakur's murder in the culmination of a feud between members of East Coast and West Coast hip-hop record companies, both murders remain unsolved. Just weeks after Wallace's death, his new album was released. What was it called? More...
Today's Birthday

Tom Roberts (1856)

Roberts was born in England and immigrated to Australia as a teen. By day, he worked as a photographer's assistant and a picture-frame maker, but by night, he studied art and painted. His scenes of rural Australian life, often with humorous touches, earned disapproval from conventional art critics, yet they are now recognized as prime examples of the so-called Heidelberg school of art. One unusually large Roberts painting, appropriately entitled The Big Picture, depicts what? More...
Quotation of the Day
Younger brothers are commonly fortunate, but seldom or never where the elder are disinherited.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

make (the) baby Jesus cry

To be offensive, immoral, unethical, in poor taste, etc., as might cause or provoke the displeasure or disapproval of Jesus Christ. More...
Today's Holiday

Forty Martyrs' Day (2018)

The "Forty Martyrs of Sebaste" were Roman soldiers quartered in Armenia in 320; they are greatly revered in the Eastern Christian Church. In Greece, special foods are prepared: cake with 40 layers of pastry, stew with 40 herbs, 40 pancakes, etc. In Romania, little cakes called sfintisori ("little mints") are baked and given to and received from every passerby. Coliva is also traditional. Farm tools are readied for work, and hearth ashes are spread around the cottage to keep the serpent from entering (each home is said to have a serpent protecting it). More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: sore

angry - Describing a wound or sore that is red and inflamed. More...

merry-gall - A sore produced by chafing. More...

sore - As a noun, it first meant generally "physical pain and suffering." More...

chafe, chaff - To chafe means to rub until sore or worn; to chaff means to tease good-naturedly. More...

In the News

The moon's formation may have been far more violent than we thought

Our understanding of the moon's formation is violent enough — but the story of how Earth acquired its satellite may be a tale of even greater destruction, according to a new study in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets. In the traditional moon-formation ... More...
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