Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, October 4, 2021)
Word of the Day

pusillanimous

Definition:(adjective) Lacking courage; cowardly.
Synonyms:spineless, craven
Usage: Why, you pusillanimous piece of dirt, you'd run with your tail between your legs if I said boo!
Daily Grammar Lesson

Exclamation Points

An exclamation point or exclamation mark ( ! ) is a punctuation mark commonly used to express strong, intense emotions in declarations. When is an exclamation point in parentheses used in a sentence? More...
Article of the Day

Sita

Sita is one of the most revered figures in the Hindu pantheon. She has become a symbol of women's strength and suffering and appears in the epic Sanskrit poem the Ramayana. Sita married Prince Rama, hero of the Ramayana and an incarnation of the god Vishnu, but was abducted by the demon-king Ravana. Afterward, Sita walked on fiery coals to prove that she had remained faithful to Rama during her long imprisonment. However, once Rama became king, he exiled his pregnant wife. Why? More...
This Day in History

T. A. Gillespie Company Shell Loading Plant Explosion (1918)

On the night of October 4, 1918, an explosion rocked the T.A. Gillespie Company's ammunition plant in Sayreville, New Jersey, one of the largest such plants in the world at the time. The blast triggered a series of explosions, which continued for three days, killing 100 people. Sayreville and nearby South Amboy and Perth Amboy were evacuated, displacing about 62,000 people who thus became more vulnerable to the catastrophic flu epidemic of 1918. What remnant of the accident was found in 2007? More...
Today's Birthday

Charlton Heston (1923?)

An iconic Hollywood leading man and six-term president of the Screen Actors Guild, Heston distinguished himself as an actor playing larger-than-life heroes in films like The Ten Commandments, Planet of the Apes, El Cid, and Ben-Hur. The strapping performer also used his sonorous voice to speak out against racism and other political issues of his day. A staunch opponent of gun control, he made what phrase famous at a 2000 National Rifle Association convention? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is a good deal of satisfaction about being thoroughly miserable; but nobody likes a fit of the blues.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

Idiom of the Day

mixed emotions

Positive and negative emotions that are experienced simultaneously and are often in conflict with one another. More...
Today's Holiday

Lesotho Independence Day (2021)

Formerly Basutoland, the Kingdom of Lesotho was formally granted its independence from Great Britain on this day in 1966. It had been a British colony since the 1860s. Before the flag-changing ceremonies at midnight to symbolize Lesotho's new autonomy, a colorful procession took place as King Moshoeshoe II (b. 1938) paraded in full regalia leading 100 chiefs into the capital city of Maseru. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: uniform

man of the cloth - Originally applied to anyone who wore a uniform or livery for work. More...

mufti - Civilian clothes worn by a person who usually wears a uniform. More...

uniform - Something that is uniform has literally only "one form," from Latin unus, "one," and forma, "form." More...

doughboy - The small round doughnuts served to sailors in the 19th century were called doughboys—and they resembled the round buttons on the sailors' uniforms—so the sailors came to be known as this. More...

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