Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, February 10, 2017)
Word of the Day

uncultured

Definition:(adjective) Not cultured or cultivated.
Synonyms:artless, uncultivated
Usage: She regarded him as an uncultured brute.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Ending a Sentence with a Preposition

Nearly every grammar guide agrees that it is acceptable and often more correct to end a sentence with a dangling preposition than to rewrite the sentence specifically to avoid it. Why? More...
Article of the Day

Alan Magee's Death-Defying Free Fall

Alan Magee was an American airman who amazingly survived a 22,000-ft (6,700-m) fall from his damaged B-17 bomber during World War II. In 1943, Magee was on a daylight bombing run over France when German fighters shot off a section of his plane's right wing, causing the aircraft to enter a deadly spin. His parachute had been damaged and rendered useless, yet the wounded airman had no choice but to leap from the plane. He fell over four miles before what broke his fall? More...
This Day in History

The St. Scholastica Day Riot (1355)

Oxford is one of the most prestigious universities in the world, but its history is not without blemish. In 1355, some students got into an argument with a local tavern keeper over the quality of his alcohol. This escalated into a physical altercation that then snowballed into an all-out riot between the university's students and townspeople. When the dust settled days later, 63 students and a number of townspeople were dead. Which side paid reparations to the other for the next 470 years? More...
Today's Birthday

Dominique Pire (1910)

Pire was a Belgian Dominican friar who devoted himself to helping the poor and to promoting peace. Witnessing the horrors of World War II, he became active in the anti-German resistance. After the war, he devoted himself to caring for the refugees, writing a book about the issue, founding aid organizations, and building villages to house displaced persons. He was rewarded for his humanitarian efforts with a Nobel Peace Prize in 1958. What "university" did he found thereafter? More...
Quotation of the Day
In any really good subject, one has only to probe deep enough to come to tears.

Edith Wharton (1862-1937)

Idiom of the Day

plastic grin

A forced, artificial smile; a smile someone wears despite having no feelings of happiness or joy. More...
Today's Holiday

Namahage Sedo Festival (2018)

A namahage is a man dressed as a demon, wearing a grotesque mask and cape made of straw. Namahages traditionally appear on New Year's Eve at residents' homes to warn children not to be lazy. In 1964 the city of Oga adapted a community event that occurs in people's homes into a public festival that welcomes tourists. The Shinzan Shrine is the site for the festivities; in the dark, tens of people disguised as namahage parade down from the mountains and head to the shrine for music and dancing. Today a bonfire and rice cakes still await the arrival of the namahage. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: shop

chippy - A shop that sells fish and chips can be called a chippy. More...

odditorium - A shop for oddities or oddments (broken parts or parts of once-complete sets). More...

shop, store - At first, shop designated a small retail establishment and store was applied only to a large establishment; now the differences are blurred. More...

stationer - A bookseller who had a regular "station" or shop at a university, unlike most booksellers, who were itinerant vendors. More...

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