Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, August 8, 2016)
Word of the Day

complaisance

Definition:(noun) A disposition or tendency to yield to the will of others.
Synonyms:deference, compliancy, obligingness, compliance
Usage: He complied with her request, and answered her challenge in a large wine-cup; she then proceeded with her story, as if appeased by his complaisance.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Misplaced Modifiers

When we use participles as adjectives, it's important that the noun modified is clearly stated and that the participle appears as close to it as possible. Otherwise, we run the risk of having a "misplaced modifier," which is what? More...
Article of the Day

Internet Flaming

Whether it takes the form of a long-term "holy war" or a brief "pie fight," Internet flaming, a form of hostile interaction that occurs between users of a public electronic forum, can be devastating to an online community. Flames are often malicious, offensive attacks on points of view that differ from the flamer's. Many believe the phenomenon is perpetuated by the anonymity of online interaction, which allows flamers to avoid real-life consequences. What are some famous examples of flaming? More...
This Day in History

The Great Train Robbery (1963)

On the night of August 7, 1963, a postal train left Glasgow with a High Value Package (HVP) coach containing registered mail and a large sum of money. Before dawn the next morning, the driver sighted a red signal and, not knowing that the light had been tampered with, brought the train to a halt as was protocol. Fifteen robbers descended on the train, attacking the train's operators, restraining the postal workers in the HVP coach, and making off with £2.6 million. Were the robbers ever caught? More...
Today's Birthday

Matthew Alexander Henson (1866)

Orphaned in his youth, Henson went to work on a merchant ship at the age of 12. After nearly a decade at sea, he met American explorer Robert E. Peary and became his valet and assistant for the next 22 years. In 1909, Henson accompanied Peary on the first expedition credited with reaching the North Pole. Though Peary received many honors for this achievement, Henson, an African American, was largely ignored. What did both men leave behind when they returned to mainland America from the Arctic? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is no explanation for evil. It must be looked upon as a necessary part of the order of the universe. To ignore it is childish, to bewail it senseless.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

help (someone) out of a fix

To help someone avoid or escape from some troublesome, difficult, or dangerous position or situation. More...
Today's Holiday

Old Fiddler's Convention (2018)

A five-day concert in the small town of Galax, Virginia, the Old Fiddler's Convention spotlights old-time music in an outdoor setting. The convention was organized in 1935 as a fundraising event by members of Moose Lodge No. 733 and was dedicated to "keeping alive the memories and sentiments of days gone by." About 25,000 people now attend. Hundreds of contestants take part, competing for cash prizes and trophies in categories that include guitar, mandolin, dulcimer, dobro, clawhammer and bluegrass banjo, clog or flatfoot dancing, and folk singing. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: judge

affidavit, deponent - An affidavit (literally, "he has stated on oath") is taken by a judge, while the deponent swears, makes, or takes an affidavit. More...

arbiter - Latin for "judge, supreme ruler." More...

arbitrate - Can mean "give an authoritative decision" (from Latin arbiter). More...

judge - From Latin jus, "law," and dicere, "to say." More...

In the News

Dinosaur Arthritis Joins Baseball, Boardwalks as Another New Jersey First

A dinosaur that roamed what's now New Jersey about 70 million years ago is believed to have suffered from a crippling form of arthritis. Likely a duck-billed dinosaur, or hadrosaur, it's the first-known dinosaur to suffer from septic arthritis, ... More...
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