Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, June 13, 2016)
Word of the Day

antechamber

Definition:(noun) A smaller room serving as an entryway into a larger room.
Synonyms:foyer, lobby, vestibule, hall, anteroom, entrance hall
Usage: He led the way across the hall, through the common drawing-room and one useless antechamber, into a room magnificent both in size and furniture.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using Multiple Sets of Quotation Marks

If a sentence already uses quotation marks, then we have to differentiate between the quoted speech and the rest of the sentence. If we are using double quotation marks, then we have to put the quoted speech in single quotation marks; if it is in single quotation marks, then the quoted text is put into double quotation marks. What happens to the rest of the punctuation in the sentence? More...
Article of the Day

Sleepwalking

An estimated 18 percent of the world's population is prone to sleepwalking. While most cases simply consist of sitting up in bed, there are a number of documented cases of eating, bathing, and even driving and committing murder while sleeping. The sleep disorder is more common in people with high levels of stress and anxiety and among those with a family history of sleepwalking. What tragic Shakespearean character, wracked with an overwhelming sense of guilt, is driven to sleepwalk? More...
This Day in History

"The Cinderella Man" Becomes World Heavyweight Champion (1935)

For budding boxer James J. Braddock, 1929 was a bad year. The promising pugilist narrowly lost a 15-round championship fight and, months later, the Great Depression struck. Braddock, struggling to support his family and losing many more bouts than he won, eventually gave up boxing to work the docks. In 1934, he returned to the ring, and a year later, he landed a title shot against Max Baer. Braddock was a 10-to-1 underdog but won in a stunning upset. Who beat Braddock for the title in 1937? More...
Today's Birthday

Lucy Christiana, Lady Duff Gordon (1863)

A leading British fashion designer of the Edwardian era, Gordon made less restrictive clothing for women that she sold in her own "Lucile, Ltd." shops in London, Paris, Chicago, and New York. To promote her wares, she organized tea times when models would parade around in her designs, a precursor of the modern fashion show. Gordon was a passenger on the Titanic and survived its sinking by boarding Lifeboat 1 with her husband. What did the tabloids allege about their escape from the ship? More...
Quotation of the Day
The older one grows, the more one likes indecency.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Idiom of the Day

meet trouble halfway

To worry, grow anxious, or distress oneself unnecessarily over something that has yet to happen. More...
Today's Holiday

New Zealand National Agricultural Fieldays (2018)

The largest agricultural show in New Zealand takes place for four days during the second week in June in Hamilton, and attracts visitors from more than 40 countries. There are exhibits covering every type of rural activity, demonstrations of how to use the latest farm equipment, and contests in such areas as hay-baling, wire-fencing, tractor-driving, and helicopter log-lifting. In a country that in 1990 had more than 60 million sheep and only 3.3 million people, these regional agricultural shows attract the kind of audience that is usually associated with major athletic competitions. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: snap

chop - A snap with the jaws or mouth is a chop. More...

crepitation, crepitate, crepitant - Crepitation is the sounds of Rice Krispies cereal (snap, crackle, pop); crepitate or crepitant is "making a crackling sound." More...

oh snap - Also simply "snap"; an exclamation of dismay or disbelief, surprise, or joy. More...

snack - First meant "bite, snap (of a dog)," from a Dutch word meaning "to bite." More...

In the News

New Genetic Engineering Method Called Promising — and Perilous

A powerful new technique for changing genes in insects, animals and plants holds great promise, according to a report from an influential panel of scientists released Wednesday. But the group also says it's potentially very dangerous. As such, the report ... More...
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