Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, September 21, 2016)
Word of the Day

pyrexia

Definition:(noun) Fever.
Synonyms:febricity, febrility, feverishness
Usage: His pyrexia made the doctors nervous, and they immersed him in a bath of ice water to bring down his body temperature.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Adverbial Phrases

An adverbial phrase is a group of words that functions as an adverb in a sentence. That is, it modifies a verb, adjective, adverb, clause, or the sentence as a whole. "Very quickly" is an adverbial phrase. What are some others? More...
Article of the Day

Follow the Lady

Known by a number of names, including Follow the Lady and Follow the Bee, three-card monte is a confidence game in which victims, or marks, are tricked into betting that they can find a certain card, such as the queen of spades, among three face-down playing cards. After showing the target card, the dealer often uses sleight of hand before rearranging the cards quickly and giving the player an opportunity to select one of the three cards. What happens if the mark unexpectedly finds the queen? More...
This Day in History

J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit Is Published (1937)

The Hobbit is a fantasy novel written by J.R.R. Tolkien, a professor of Anglo-Saxon and of English language and literature at Oxford University. Adapted from stories Tolkien told his kids, The Hobbit is recognized as a classic in children's literature but also attracts adult readers. Its sequel, The Lord of the Rings, is one of the 20th century's most popular and influential works of fantasy literature. What changes did Tolkien make to later editions of The Hobbit? More...
Today's Birthday

H. G. Wells (1866)

Wells was an English author whose early books exemplify the political and social beliefs of his time. Full of fantasy and fascinating pseudoscientific speculations, they include The Time Machine, The Invisible Man, and The War of the Worlds. Although he is probably best remembered for his works of science fiction, he was also an imaginative social thinker who worked for many progressive causes. What novels did he write after he abandoned science fiction? More...
Quotation of the Day
Bigotry may be roughly defined as the anger of men who have no opinions.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

conspicuous consumption

The lavish expenditure of money or acquisition of expensive items as a public display of one's wealth or financial success. More...
Today's Holiday

Von Steuben Day (2019)

Baron Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben (1730-1794) was an experienced Prussian soldier who came to America in 1777 and helped the American troops bring the Revolutionary War to an end. Today, many states honor him with patriotic exercises on or near the Prussian hero's birthday. At Valley Forge National Historical Park in Pennsylvania, there is a Steuben birthday celebration featuring German music and speeches at the monument to him erected in 1915. There are also Steuben Day parades in New York City, Philadelphia, and Chicago. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: trade name

trade name - A name with the status of a trademark. More...

trademark - A name, symbol, or other depiction identifying a product. The first trademarks were stamps and symbols used by ancient cultures to indicate who had made goods; a trade name is the name of the maker, not the product, but has the status of a trademark. More...

Ping-Pong - A trade name for table tennis, invented as an echoic term for the sound of the ball. More...

Sheetrock, drywall, wall board - Sheetrock is a trade name for drywall or wall board—pre-hardened plaster of Paris (gypsum) sold in large sheets and used as a wall surface in building construction. More...

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