Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, April 7, 2018)
Word of the Day

quondam

Definition:(adjective) Belonging to some prior time.
Synonyms:erstwhile, one-time, sometime, former, old
Usage: The employers' associations, that had helped the captains of industry to tear and rend labor, were now torn and rent by their quondam allies.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using "Shall"

The modal auxiliary verb "shall" is used in many of the same ways as "will": to form future tenses, to make requests or offers, to complete conditional sentences, or to issue maxims or commands. Although "will" is generally preferred in modern English (especially American English), "shall" can be used to add what to a sentence? More...
Article of the Day

Water Memory

The idea that water can retain a "memory" of a substance dissolved in it even after heavy dilution was proposed by French immunologist Jacques Benveniste to explain the alleged therapeutic powers of homeopathic remedies, which are prepared by serially diluting aqueous solutions to such a degree that even a single molecule of the original solute is unlikely to remain in each final preparation. He successfully tested his theory in 1988, but attempts to reproduce his results have failed. Why? More...
This Day in History

Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific Opens on Broadway (1949)

Based on James Michener's Pulitzer Prize-winning book Tales of the South Pacific, Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific opened on Broadway to great acclaim. Set on a Pacific island during WWII, the musical relates two parallel love stories that are threatened by prejudice and war. The play's first run earned 10 Tony Awards, and its 2008 Broadway revival earned seven. When it was awarded the 1950 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, who notoriously failed to receive credit for coauthoring it? More...
Today's Birthday

Marjory Stoneman Douglas (1890)

A journalist and conservationist, Douglas lived to the age of 108. A turning point in her long life came in 1947, when her book, The Everglades: River of Grass was published. It sounded an early warning of the environmental perils facing the Florida Everglades. Everglades National Park was established that same year. Douglas cofounded Friends of the Everglades in 1969 and is widely credited with helping to slow the destruction of the swamp ecosystem. Where were her ashes scattered? More...
Quotation of the Day
Clothes have more effect upon us than we imagine. Our deportment depends upon our dress.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

Idiom of the Day

marry (someone) for (his or her) money

To marry someone solely or primarily to have access to his or her personal wealth. More...
Today's Holiday

Grand National (2018)

The Grand National is the world-famous steeplechase run at the Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool, England. It was started in 1839 by William Lynn, owner of the Waterloo Hotel in Liverpool, as a means of attracting hotel patrons. The course is four and one-half miles long and has 16 bush fences, of which 14 are jumped twice. The race is limited now to 40 starters; horses have to qualify by winning three other set races in England, although any horse that wins the Maryland Hunt Cup is automatically eligible to run. Only men could ride originally, but today women are eligible as well. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: provide

dub - Meaning "to provide a film with a soundtrack," it is an abbreviation of "double." More...

endow - First meant "provide a dower or dowry." More...

refurbish, refurnish, redecorate, renovate - Refurbish means to "clean up again," refurnish means "to provide with new furnishings," redecorate means "to add new decoration(s)," and renovate means "renew or restore to as-new condition." More...

improvise - Etymologically, if you improvise something, it is because it has not been "provided" for in advance, from Latin improvisus, "unforeseen." More...

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