Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, January 13, 2019)
Word of the Day

diggings

Definition:(noun) Temporary living quarters.
Synonyms:domiciliation, lodgings, pad
Usage: We were tired and hungry…and when we got to Datchet we took out the hamper, the two bags, and the rugs and coats…and started off to look for diggings.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Mitigators

Mitigators, a subset of adverbs of degree, are adverbs or adverbials that modify adjectives and adverbs to reduce their intensity, making them seem less extreme or powerful. "Slightly" is an example of a mitigator. What are some others? More...
Article of the Day

The Gadget

With the discovery of fission in 1939, it became clear to scientists that certain radioactive materials could be used to make a bomb of unprecedented power. In the US, the effort to explore this possibility eventually became the Manhattan Project. After years of research and $2 billion spent acquiring sufficient amounts of the two necessary isotopes, uranium-235 and plutonium-239, scientists tested the first nuclear explosive device, code-named "the Gadget," on July 16, 1945, at what location? More...
This Day in History

Serial Killer Doctor Hangs Himself in His Cell (2004)

To English doctor Harold Shipman, the fundamental medical principle of "first do no harm" apparently meant little. After practicing medicine for decades, he aroused suspicion in 1998, when it emerged that he was named the sole beneficiary in a deceased patient's will—a will that Shipman turned out to have forged. He was arrested and ultimately convicted of killing 15 patients, but he is suspected of more than 200 murders. The final life he took was his own. How did "Dr. Death" kill his victims? More...
Today's Birthday

Horatio Alger, Jr. (1832)

Alger was an American author who wrote more than 100 children's books. Highly formulaic, each taught that through honesty, perseverance, and hard work, poor but virtuous lads could prevail in life. Published in 1868, the first of those books, Ragged Dick, was an immediate success. Despite the weaknesses of Alger's writing, his books ultimately sold more than 20 million copies, making him one of the most popular writers of the 19th century. What ended Alger's previous career as a minister? More...
Quotation of the Day
Nature knows no indecencies; man invents them.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

on opposite sides of the barricade(s)

Occupying conflicting, opposing, and/or contrary positions on some issue or in some situation. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Knut's Day (2021)

The feast day of King Canute (or Knut), who ruled Denmark, England, and Norway in the 11th century, marks the end of the Yuletide season in Sweden. Rather than letting the holidays fade quietly, Swedish families throughout the country hold parties to celebrate the final lighting (and subsequent dismantling) of the Christmas tree. After letting the children eat the cookies and candies used to decorate the tree, and after packing the ornaments away in their boxes, it is customary to hurl the tree through an open window. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: north

arctic - Comes from the ancient Greeks' word for north, arktikos, literally "of the bear"; arctic should be pronounced AHRK-tik. More...

above - Traces back to Old English bove, first meaning "north" and later taking the meaning of "overhead." More...

true north - North according to the earth's axis, not magnetic north. More...

cold - When the moon is far to the north, it is popularly called a cold moon. More...

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