Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, November 17, 2017)
Word of the Day

exhilaration

Definition:(noun) The state of being stimulated, refreshed, or elated.
Synonyms:excitement
Usage: Few Yosemite visitors ever see snow avalanches and fewer still know the exhilaration of riding on them.
Daily Grammar Lesson

How to Form Comparative Adverbs

Comparative adverbs, like comparative adjectives, are used to describe differences and similarities between two things. We form comparative adverbs either by adding the word "more" (or "less") before the base adverb, or by adding what ending to the base adverb? More...
Article of the Day

Snake Oil

Snake oil is a traditional Chinese remedy for joint pain and inflammation derived from the Chinese Water Snake. Imitations with unidentified or mischaracterized ingredients have caused the term "snake oil" to become synonymous in Western culture with remedies fraudulently marketed by charlatans as miraculous panaceas but which actually provide little health benefit. What were some of the ingredients of these so-called snake oils? More...
This Day in History

The Luxor Massacre (1997)

Located on the west bank of the Nile across from the city of Luxor, Deir al-Bahri is one of Egypt's most popular attractions. It encompasses the remains of three ancient temples, among them the terraced temple of Queen Hatshepsut, which in 1997 became the site of a terrible massacre. On that day, six terrorists armed with guns and knives descended on the temple and systematically killed more than 60 people, most of them foreign tourists. What did the terrorists hope to achieve with the attack? More...
Today's Birthday

Isamu Noguchi (1904)

Noguchi was a prominent American sculptor. After briefly studying medicine, he won two Guggenheim fellowships that allowed him to study in Paris under renowned modern artist Constantin Brancusi. In his work in stone, wood, and metal, Noguchi integrated European modernism with Japanese traditionalism, harmonizing rough and smooth, geometric and organic. Among his diverse artistic creations are playgrounds, sculpture gardens, ballet sets, and furniture. With which inventor did he collaborate? More...
Quotation of the Day
History, n.: An account mostly false, of events mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers mostly knaves, and soldiers mostly fools.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

not have two nickels to rub together

To be extremely poor; to have very little or no money to spend. Primarily heard in US. More...
Today's Holiday

Marshall Islands President's Day (2021)

The Republic of the Marshall Islands has designated November 17 as President's Day, a day to remember the nation's first president, Amata Kabua. Kabua started his career as a school teacher and rose to become paramount chief of the Island of Majuro and head of state of the Marshall Islands. He served five terms as president of the Marshall Islands, beginning in 1979 when the country became independent and continuing until his death in 1996. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: scrap

mammock - A scrap, shred, or piece that is torn or broken off. More...

riffraff - Rif/riff, "spoil, strip," and raf, "carry off," combined as rif et raf in French, then went to English as riff and raff, "everything, every scrap," and then riffraff. More...

scrip - Can be a scrap of paper with writing on it. More...

tatter - A scrap of cloth, from Old Norse totrar, "rags"; often used as tatters. More...

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