Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, October 24, 2020)
Word of the Day

conceited

Definition:(adjective) Holding or characterized by an unduly high opinion of oneself.
Synonyms:swollen-headed, egotistical, vain
Usage: She was a conceited, boastful old thing, and even misfortune could not humble her.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Quotation Marks

Quotation marks are most commonly used to indicate the exact words that someone else said. This is known as direct speech or direct quotation. What are the two forms of quotation marks? More...
Article of the Day

The Beverage-Can Stove

A beverage-can stove is a homemade, lightweight, portable, reusable stove made from aluminum beverage cans. Popular among backpackers, it requires more fuel than some commercial stoves but is incredibly lightweight and easy to make. It is also said to be fail-proof even in difficult environments. Beverage-can stoves burn denatured alcohol and are nearly silent when operating. Their basic design dates back more than a century. How long does it take a beverage-can stove to boil two cups of water? More...
This Day in History

The United Nations Is Formally Established (1945)

The United Nations (UN) is an international organization founded to promote peace, security, and economic development. Representatives from the US, the UK, the Soviet Union, and China first met in 1944 to discuss the problems involved in creating such an agency, and the results of their talks became the basis for the UN Charter that was ratified in 1945. Established immediately after WWII, it replaced the essentially powerless League of Nations. Who first coined the term "United Nations"? More...
Today's Birthday

The Kray Twins (1933)

Partners in crime, twins Reginald and Ronald Kray were the foremost perpetrators of organized crime in London's East End during the 1950s and 60s. The brothers managed to escape justice for some time, thanks in part to their intimidation of witnesses, political connections, and quasi-celebrity status as nightclub owners. Eventually, however, their luck ran out. In 1969, they were sentenced to life in prison for the murders of George Cornell and Jack McVitie. Why was Reginald eventually freed? More...
Quotation of the Day
Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

(someone's) native soil

The country or geographical area in which someone was born and/or raised. More...
Today's Holiday

United Nations Day (2021)

The international peacekeeping organization known as the United Nations was formally established on October 24, 1945, in the wake of World War II. Each member nation observes October 24, and in some places the entire week is known as United Nations Week. In the US, events taking place on this day include parades, international fairs, and dinners featuring foods from different countries. Schools frequently observe United Nations Day by holding folk festivals that teach students the music, songs, and dances of different countries. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: remote

remote - From Latin remotus, the past participle of removere, "remove." More...

remote sensing - The scanning of the earth by satellite or aircraft to obtain information about it. More...

devious - Its literal meaning is "out of the way," from Latin de via—applied to a place that was remote because it was off the main road. More...

remote control - The term existed by 1904, and the shortened version, remote, was used in print by 1966. More...

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