Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, October 4, 2020)
Word of the Day

advisement

Definition:(noun) Careful consideration.
Synonyms:weighing, deliberation
Usage: The petition was taken under advisement.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Word Order for Prepositional Verbs vs. Phrasal Verbs

The order of a verb's preposition and its object can help determine whether a verb is prepositional or phrasal. The object of prepositional verbs always comes immediately after the preposition, which in turn comes immediately after the verb. For phrasal verbs, how are prepositions and objects arranged? More...
Article of the Day

The Oh-My-God Particle

Observed over Utah in 1991 by a cosmic ray detector, the Oh-My-God particle was a rare ultra-high-energy cosmic ray that traveled through the universe at very nearly the speed of light. Since then, scientists have detected a number of other cosmic rays with similarly high energies. Such subatomic particles carry millions of times the energy that can be generated in a particle accelerator. Their origin is still unclear, but they could be related to dark matter. What might be generating them? More...
This Day in History

Gutzon Borglum Begins Sculpting Mount Rushmore (1927)

Mount Rushmore National Memorial, a massive carving of four US presidents' heads, each about 60 ft (18 m) high, on the side of a South Dakota mountain, took 400 workers 14 years to complete. Its designer, sculptor Gutzon Borglum—who had previously worked on a Confederate memorial on Georgia's Stone Mountain—died before Rushmore was completed, and his unfinished Hall of Records behind the heads is off-limits to the public. What nearby mountain sculpture will dwarf Rushmore when completed? More...
Today's Birthday

Louis X of France (1289)

Louis the Stubborn became king of Navarre, a region in the north of Spain bordering France, upon the death of his mother, Joan of Navarre. Upon the death of his father, Philip IV, in 1314, he became king of France. His rule was short-lived. Following a game of tennis in 1316, he drank a large amount of wine and died from an unverified illness. He is remembered primarily for his concessions to the nobility. At the time of his death, his wife was pregnant with his heir. What happened to the child? More...
Quotation of the Day
Woman inspires us to great things, and prevents us from achieving them.

Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870)

Idiom of the Day

in a sorry state

In a pitiful or abject condition. More...
Today's Holiday

Shiprock Navajo Nation Fair (2020)

Also known as the Northern Navajo Fair, this fair began in 1924 and is considered the oldest and most traditional of Navajo fairs. It is held in Shiprock, New Mexico, the largest community of the Navajo Nation. The fair coincides with the conclusion of an ancient healing ceremony known as the Yei Bei Chei (Night Chant), a complex ritual conducted after the first frost. Spectators then go on to other events of the fair such as an all-Indian rodeo, an inter-tribal powwow, a livestock show, a carnival, the Miss Northern Navajo Pageant, and a Saturday morning parade. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: swindle

confidence trick - First a swindle in which the victim was persuaded to entrust money or valuables to the swindler. More...

swindler, swindle - Swindler and swindle are from German Schwindler, "promoter of wild schemes; cheat." More...

chizz - To chizz someone is to cheat or swindle them. More...

honeyfugle, honeyfuggle - To honeyfugle or honeyfuggle is to dupe, deceive, or swindle. More...

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