Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, October 5, 2018)
Word of the Day

unnerve

Definition:(verb) To cause to lose courage, strength, confidence, self-control, etc.
Synonyms:faze, unsettle, enervate
Usage: The look on her father's face unnerved her, and she soon dropped her gaze and meekly waited for him to tell her what her punishment would be.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using Quantifiers with Uncountable Nouns

Certain quantifiers can only be used with uncountable nouns, while others can only modify countable nouns. "Too much" and "too many" cause particular confusion. Which of those two quantifiers is used to modify uncountable nouns? More...
Article of the Day

Seppuku

Also known as hara-kiri, seppuku is a form of ritual suicide by disembowelment formerly practiced by members of Japan's samurai class. Favored because it was slow and painful—and therefore demonstrative of courage and strong resolve—voluntary seppuku was performed to avoid the dishonor of capture, show loyalty to one's lord, protest against a policy, or atone for failure. Over time, an elaborate ritual evolved that began with the samurai bathing and then dressing in robes of what color? More...
This Day in History

First Episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus Airs on BBC (1969)

A highly influential British sketch comedy show, Monty Python's Flying Circus ran until 1974 and subsequently spawned four movies and several live shows. With scenes such as "The Dead Parrot Sketch" and "The Spanish Inquisition," the innovative, disjointed, non-traditional show became a cult favorite noted for its surreal, sarcastic, innuendo-laden humor. Interspersed throughout the show were Terry Gilliam's iconic animations, including a giant, crushing foot taken from what painting? More...
Today's Birthday

Larry Fine (1902)

Fine was just a toddler when his left arm was badly burned by acid used in his father's Philadelphia jewelry store. To help strengthen his damaged arm, Fine learned to play violin, which led him to a career in vaudeville. In the 1920s, he joined the comedy act that would become The Three Stooges, catapulting him—and his trademark unruly hair—to fame in several feature films and hundreds of shorts. As a young man, what else did he do to strengthen his arm until his father made him stop? More...
Quotation of the Day
Do you know why this world is as bad as it is? ... It is because people think only about their own business, and won't trouble themselves to stand up for the oppressed, nor bring the wrongdoer to light.

Anna Sewell (1820-1878)

Idiom of the Day

win (something) in a walk

To win (something) easily, handily, or without much or any effort. More...
Today's Holiday

Fiestas de Octubre (October Feasts) (2020)

The October Feasts have been held every year in the city of Guadalajara in the state of Jalisco, Mexico, since 1965. Throughout the month, residents and visitors enjoy a variety of cultural events that celebrate local and international culture, including opera, jazz and other musical performances, art exhibits, folk dances, ballet, theater, and food. Attendees can also find amusement park rides, bungee jumping, and a haunted house billed as "one of the largest in Latin America." More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: swine

gruntle - Can be used for swine, meaning "to make a little grunt." More...

pig - Originally meant just "young pig" until the 16th century—the word in Old and Middle English for the animal was swine. More...

swine - The collective (and ancestral) term for domesticated pigs and hogs; a hog is 120 pounds and ready for market, while a pig is immature and weighs less. More...

chat - To call a swine. More...

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