Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, April 2, 2018)
Word of the Day

moonshine

Definition:(noun) Whiskey illegally distilled from a corn mash.
Synonyms:bootleg, corn liquor
Usage: I drank too much moonshine last night, and now I have a terrible hangover.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Identifying Adverbial Complements

The best way to identify whether an adverbial element is a complement or not is to remove it from the sentence. If the sentence no longer makes sense or has a very different meaning, then what is the adverbial element is what? More...
Article of the Day

Autogyros

An autogyro is a type of aircraft characterized by a free-spinning horizontal rotor that turns due to passage of air upward through the blades. Whereas a helicopter achieves lift with powered rotor blades that push air downward, an autogyro's rotor is driven by aerodynamic forces alone. Invented by Spanish engineer Juan de la Cierva and first flown in 1923, the autogyro gained popularity before it was eclipsed by the more practical helicopter. What is the top speed reached by an autogyro? More...
This Day in History

Sverdlovsk Anthrax Leak (1979)

Known as the "biological Chernobyl," the accidental release of anthrax at a Russian military facility in Sverdlovsk—now Yekaterinburg—roughly 900 mi (1,450 km) east of Moscow, sickened and killed around 100 people. The exact number of victims remains unknown because, as part of the Soviet government's cover-up of the incident, which it blamed on tainted meat, all of the victims' medical records were destroyed. What fortuitous weather condition likely prevented a much greater loss of life? More...
Today's Birthday

Giacomo Casanova (1725)

Although his name is now synonymous with philandering playboys, Casanova was initially a man of the church. Expelled from an Italian seminary for scandalous conduct, he was later denounced as a magician and imprisoned. He escaped and traveled widely before becoming a spy for Venetian inquisitors. His huge autobiography, first published in 12 volumes, paints a vivid picture of 18th-century Europe and established his reputation as a seducer. He spent his last years in what rather tame occupation? More...
Quotation of the Day
Violence does, in truth, recoil upon the violent, and the schemer falls into the pit which he digs for another.

Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930)

Idiom of the Day

the march of time

The steady, unstoppable advancement of time. More...
Today's Holiday

Georgiritt (2018)

St. George is honored each year at Traunstein in Bavaria, Germany, on Easter Monday to commemorate the legend of George's victory over the dragon that was threatening the pagan city of Sylene. Because St. George is usually depicted on horseback, the farmers of Traunstein decorate their own horses with garlands and ribbons and ride them across the fields and three times around the parish church. After the local priest blesses the horses and other animals, the procession turns toward the village. The festival ends with ritualistic sword dances that have been handed down from medieval times. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: punch

punch buggy - A game in which the first player to call "punch buggy!" on sighting a Volkswagen Beetle gets to punch the other person. More...

doust - A firm blow or punch. More...

pack a punch, pack it in - Pack a punch is of U.S. origin from the 1920s, as is pack it in. More...

punch - Has an obscure origin, but stories include it being from Sanskrit panca, "five/five kinds of," as the drink had five ingredients. More...

In the News

Heart disease risk may show in your earlobes, eyes, fingers

The heart, so integral to life, sits in its protective cage in the chest, going about its work without any external sign to the owner. In the West, where one in four people die of cardiovascular disease, the importance of keeping the heart in good ... More...
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