Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, November 20, 2021)
Word of the Day

nonce

Definition:(noun) The present or particular occasion.
Synonyms:time being
Usage: Her tendency to discover a touch of sadness had for the nonce disappeared.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Irregular Superlative Adverbs

Just as there are irregular adverbs, there are irregular superlative adverbs. "Least" is an example of an irregular superlative adverb. What are some others? More...
Article of the Day

Iranian Space Agency

The Iranian government established the Iranian Space Agency (ISA) in 2003. Just two years later, it declared that it would allocate $500 million to the ISA. Though Western nations have expressed concern, fearing that Iran's rapid advancement in space technology will improve its military capabilities, the ISA's most noteworthy space venture to date was launching a rocket containing living organisms—a rodent, two turtles, and several worms—into space in 2010. Did the animals survive the trip? More...
This Day in History

Oil Rig Accidentally Drains Lake Peigneur (1980)

When Leonce Viator, Jr., set out in his boat for a day of fishing on Louisiana's Lake Peigneur, he never imagined he would end up fighting for his life. But that is exactly what happened after an oil rig on the lake's surface accidentally bored through the roof of a salt mine beneath it. Like a bathtub whose plug has been pulled, the lake began draining into the mine, creating a whirlpool that sucked in not just water but barges, trees, and acres of surrounding land. What happened to Viator? More...
Today's Birthday

Selma Lagerlöf (1858)

Lagerlöf was a Swedish author who is best known for her children's book, The Wonderful Adventures of Nils. While working as a teacher, Lagerlöf got her big break as a writer when chapters of her first novel, Gösta Berling's Saga, won first prize in a literary contest. Lagerlöf rooted her work in legend in a reaction against contemporary Swedish realism. In 1909, she became the first woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. What did she do with her medal during World War II? More...
Quotation of the Day
Before I do anything I feel that I have choice, and that influences what I do; but afterwards, when the thing is done, I believe that it was inevitable from all eternity.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

now (someone) has gone and done it

Someone has just done something very grave, foolish, and/or irreparable. More...
Today's Holiday

Opening of the Underground Caves Day (2021)

The end of World War II is marked annually by the people of Butaritari Island (northern islands of the independent republic of Kiribati). Each year, they open the caves that were built to shelter them during the war. Accompanied by a celebration, the event takes place on the anniversary of the day the caves initially were opened after the war ended in 1945. The event's main activities take place in Ukiangang village on Butaritari Island, featuring singing, dancing, feasting, and indoor and outdoor games. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: transfer

translate - Early on, it meant "transfer." More...

emancipate - Derives from Latin e-, "out," and mancipare, "deliver as property; transfer, sell." More...

metaphor - From Greek metapherein, "to transfer," as it is a word or phrase transferred from one context (meaning) to another. More...

transistor - A blend of transfer and resistor. More...

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