Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, October 1, 2020)
Word of the Day

poltroon

Definition:(noun) An abject coward.
Synonyms:craven, recreant
Usage: What a miserable little poltroon had fear, engendered of unjust punishment, made of me in those days.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Plurals

Plurals of nouns are used to indicate when there is more than one person, place, animal, or thing. The normal method for making nouns plural is to add an "-s." What are some irregular plurals? More...
Article of the Day

False Friends

False friends are words that look or sound the same in different languages but have different meanings. Unlike false cognates, which are completely unrelated, false friends may have a shared origin. For example, gift has a far more sinister German meaning—poison—than it does in English, though both languages derive the word from the same Germanic root. How might a new Spanish speaker worsen her situation by mistakenly using the word embarazada to indicate that she is embarrassed? More...
This Day in History

Siemens & Halske Telegraph Construction Company Is Founded (1847)

Siemens AG is Europe's largest engineering conglomerate. It was originally founded to build telegraph installations, but under Werner Siemens and his three brothers, it expanded to produce cables, telephones, electric power, and electric lighting. The company built the first long-distance telegraph line in Europe, followed by the monumental Indo-European telegraph line that stretched from Calcutta, India, to London, England. What scandal tainted the company's reputation in the 1940s? More...
Today's Birthday

Bonnie Parker (1910)

Bonnie Parker was the female half of the notorious Depression-era criminal duo "Bonnie and Clyde." She met Clyde Barrow in 1930 and soon became his lover as well as his partner in crime. In 1932, the pair began a 21-month crime spree—ended when they were killed in a police ambush—that involved robberies, shootouts, and murders. Their activities were widely publicized, and they soon became America's most famous and romanticized outlaws. Why did Clyde never make an honest woman of Bonnie? More...
Quotation of the Day
When people ask for time, it's always for time to say no. Yes has one more letter in it, but it doesn't take half as long to say.

Edith Wharton (1862-1937)

Idiom of the Day

the meat of the matter

The most important, basic, or fundamental essence or element(s) of an issue, problem, or matter at hand. More...
Today's Holiday

Tuvalu Independence Day (2021)

Independence Day is the only national celebration in Tuvalu, which consists of nine islands in the South Pacific with a total surface area of 10 square miles. The day is marked in the capital city of Funafuti with an official government flag-raising ceremony followed by a parade of policemen and schoolchildren; similar events are held in smaller communities throughout the country. Also held in addition to several days of feasting and dance is the Independence Day Sports Festival, in which citizens enjoy a number of sporting competitions. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: trousers

fob - A small pocket close to the waistband of trousers. More...

galluses - Another name for suspenders for trousers. More...

plus fours - Got their name (c. 1920) from the fact that such trousers were made four inches longer than standard knickerbockers or shorts, which came to just above the knee. More...

trousers, trouse - The singular of trousers is trouse. More...

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