Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, February 19, 2022)
Word of the Day

besmirch

Definition:(verb) Charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone.
Synonyms:asperse, calumniate, defame, slander, denigrate, sully, smear
Usage: She denied everything the tabloids wrote about her, stating that they were only trying to besmirch her reputation.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Second Conditional

Second conditional sentences include a simple past tense verb in the "if clause" and a future tense verb in the main clause, preceded by the auxiliary verb "would." What do these sentences refer to? More...
Article of the Day

The Arrow of Time

Time is not perfectly symmetrical—if it were, a video of real events would seem realistic whether played forward or backward. British astronomer Arthur Eddington explored time's perpetually forward motion with his "arrow of time" concept, developed around 1927. The arrow of time explains why humans have the sense that time is continuously moving from the known past to the unknown future. Though the future always seems to be something that one is moving toward, what is it really? More...
This Day in History

The Enigma Tornado Outbreak (1884)

One of the largest and severest tornado outbreaks in US history, the Enigma Outbreak of 1884 consisted of at least 50 and possibly more than 60 tornados that tore across 10 states over a 15-hour period. In addition to the question of exactly how many tornados touched down during the outbreak, there are the "enigmas" of precisely how many people died—estimates range from 178 to 1,200—and the extent of the property damage sustained. Best estimates place the figure at how many millions of dollars? More...
Today's Birthday

Carson McCullers (1917)

McCullers, born Lula Carson Smith, was an aspiring pianist until she was partly paralyzed by a series of strokes in her early twenties, complications stemming from misdiagnosed rheumatic fever in her adolescence. She went on to study writing instead, publishing her first—and perhaps finest—novel, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, when she was just 23. It, like many of her works, draws upon her Southern background and explores themes of loss and isolation. Who starred in its film adaptation? More...
Quotation of the Day
Life should begin with age and its privileges and accumulations, and end with youth and its capacity to splendidly enjoy such advantages.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

put (one's/someone's) back up

To be or become angry, hostile, defensive, defiant, or irritable, or to instill such a feeling in someone else. More...
Today's Holiday

Anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin (2022)

On February 19, 1942, Japanese bomber and fighter planes conducted a devastating air raid on the town of Darwin, the capital city of Australia's Northern Territory. As a tribute to honor the dead and those who defended Darwin, an annual commemoration is held in Bicentennial Park by the Cenotaph, a monument to those slain in World War I. At 9:58, the exact time the attack began, a World War II air raid siren sounds. During some observances, Australian regiments will reenact the attack: ground units fire their guns, and fighter planes perform fly-bys over the memorial site. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: imply

imply, infer - A speaker or writer implies, a hearer or reader infers; implications are incorporated in statements, while inferences are deduced from statements. Imply means "suggest indirectly that something is true," while infer means "conclude or deduce something is true"; furthermore, to imply is to suggest or throw out a suggestion, while to infer is to include or take in a suggestion. More...

intent, intention - Intent implies a sustained unbroken commitment or purpose, while intention implies an intermittent resolution or an initial aim or plan. More...

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