Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, September 5, 2015)
Word of the Day

diffidence

Definition:(noun) The quality or state of being diffident; timidity or shyness.
Synonyms:self-distrust, self-doubt
Usage: The youth sat down as directed, but reluctantly and with diffidence.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Omitting Text in the Middle of the Sentence

Occasionally, an omission of text may span across two or more sentences. If the quotation divides into two complete sentences with omitted material in between, we use a period to terminate the first sentence (even if the original sentence has been shortened) followed by an ellipsis and the second quoted sentence. What is this sometimes known as? More...
Article of the Day

Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!

L. Frank Baum was an American journalist, playwright, and author. In 1900, he published his most famous work, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, a story about a girl named Dorothy who is carried by a tornado to the magical land of Oz. Baum's fame rests largely on his 14 stories of Oz, all of which emphasize the virtues of practicality, self-reliance, tolerance, and egalitarianism. In 1938, the story was made into an extraordinarily popular motion picture. Who played the role of Dorothy? More...
This Day in History

Soviet Embassy Cipher Clerk Igor Gouzenko Defects to Canada (1945)

Considered by some to be the first major international event of the Cold War, the defection of Soviet cipher clerk Igor Gouzenko radically transformed the way the West regarded and approached Soviet espionage. The authorities at first dismissed Gouzenko's reports of Stalin's efforts to steal nuclear secrets and of Soviet spy rings operating in Canada and the US, but he soon convinced them of the truth behind his allegations. The information he revealed helped lead to the apprehension of whom? More...
Today's Birthday

Jesse James (1847)

James was an outlaw who became a legendary figure in American folklore. After the Civil War, he and a number of other former Confederate guerillas banded together to rob banks, trains, and stagecoaches across several states. He was later betrayed by fellow bandit Robert Ford, who shot him to death in 1882 in order to receive a $10,000 reward. Despite James's reputation as a murderous thief, his exploits led to a number of romanticized legends. What became of Ford? More...
Quotation of the Day
After all, one knows one's weak points so well, that it's rather bewildering to have the critics overlook them and invent others.

Edith Wharton (1862-1937)

Idiom of the Day

say again

Could you please repeat what you just said? More...
Today's Holiday

Århus Festival (2018)

Since 1965 the Danish city of Århus has been the site of a nine-day festival, whose cultural and sporting events run the gamut from opera to fishing competitions. Queen Margrethe II traditionally gives the opening speech, followed by a performance by the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra. Festival events include jazz, classical, and rock concerts, a cross-country race, public debates, children's programs, poetry readings, and theatrical productions. The program varies from year to year, but the events are always held in a variety of indoor and outdoor sites throughout the city. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: medical term

brainstorm - By the 1890s, it was a medical term for "mental explosion". More...

canities - The medical term for the graying or whitening of hair. More...

repercussion - First a medical term for "repressing an infection." More...

tension - Originally a medical term for the condition of being physically strained. More...

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