Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, October 24, 2015)
Word of the Day

hodgepodge

Definition:(noun) A mixture of dissimilar ingredients; a jumble.
Synonyms:patchwork, jumble
Usage: Paul's screenplay was a hodgepodge of comedy, drama, slapstick, and tragedy.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Ending a Sentence with a Preposition

Nearly every grammar guide agrees that it is acceptable and often more correct to end a sentence with a dangling preposition than to rewrite the sentence specifically to avoid it. Why? More...
Article of the Day

Humphrey DeForest Bogart

Bogart, posthumously named the Greatest Male Star of All Time by the American Film Institute, was an Academy Award-winning actor whose accomplishments in the film industry are recognized worldwide. Though Bogart began acting in theater, he is best known for his work in films like The Maltese Falcon and Casablanca. He became an international cult figure through his roles as a tough, romantic loner, appearing in 75 feature motion pictures. How many times was Bogart married? More...
This Day in History

Zambia Gains Independence (1964)

The area that is now Zambia came under British control in the early 1900s with the development of the copper mining industry. After decades of nationalist struggle, the British protectorate of Northern Rhodesia became the independent Republic of Zambia. Kenneth Kaunda, a former schoolteacher who had been jailed for nationalist political activities prior to independence, became its first president. Zambia may have been the first country to do what during the Olympics? More...
Today's Birthday

Annie Edson Taylor (1838)

On her 63rd birthday, Taylor became the first person to survive a trip over Niagara Falls in a barrel. The interior of the barrel was cushioned and the air was compressed with a bicycle pump. Before her trip, Taylor sent a cat over the falls in her barrel—and it lived. Days later, she drifted over the falls in the same barrel and walked away from the plunge with minor injuries. However, she did not significantly profit from the stunt. According to some accounts, her barrel was stolen by whom? More...
Quotation of the Day
A woman is more considerate in affairs of love than a man; because love is more the study and business of her life.

Washington Irving (1783-1859)

Idiom of the Day

follow (someone or something) in stride

To follow the direction, lead, or guidance (of someone or something); to act in accordance (with someone or something); to follow suit. More...
Today's Holiday

World Development Information Day (2020)

In 1972, the United Nations established World Development Information Day on October 24. The purpose of this observance is to raise awareness about world economic development and the programs devised by the U.N. to promote development. The date was chosen to coincide with United Nations Day and the adoption of the International Development Strategy for the Second United Nations Development Decade. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: technique

traffic-calming device - Any device (e.g. a speed bump) or technique on or next to a road that is used to slow or restrict traffic, especially in residential areas. More...

appliance - First was the use or application of a technique, putting a technique into practice. More...

expression marks - The collective term for musical directives, including tempo, volume, technique, phrasing, and mood. More...

martial art - So named for Japanese bu-jutsu (bu + jutsu), "art, technique, skill, craft." More...

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