Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, February 21, 2015)
Word of the Day

mountebank

Definition:(noun) A hawker of quack medicines who attracts customers with stories, jokes, or tricks.
Synonyms:charlatan
Usage: Walking down the street, they saw a mountebank beguiling his audience with tales of miracles achieved through his remedies.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Adverbial Complements

Adverbial complements are adverbs or other adverbial elements in a clause that are required to complete the meaning of the verb. How do they differ from adverbial adjuncts? More...
Article of the Day

Cricket

Cricket is a sport played by two teams of 11 players on an oval-shaped grass field, in the center of which is a flat strip of ground 66 feet (20.1 m) long, called a “pitch.” At each end of the pitch stands a wicket—or arrangement of wooden stumps—and a batsman whose goal is to protect it from the opposing bowler's ball and, if he can, exchange places with his teammate at the other end of the pitch, thereby scoring a run. What are possible explanations for the origin of the name “cricket”? More...
This Day in History

First Issue of The New Yorker Is Published (1925)

The New Yorker is an American magazine known for its sophisticated tone, liberal political perspective, varied literary fare, and witty single-panel cartoons. It was founded by journalist Harold Ross, who aimed to create a sophisticated, metropolitan magazine—in contrast to publications such as Life, which he saw as unrefined. Now one of the most respected publications in the US, The New Yorker is recognized for its strict style and high-quality content. Who is its mascot? More...
Today's Birthday

Anaïs Nin (1903)

Born in France to a Spanish father and French-Dutch mother, Nin began her literary career in Paris in the 1930s but did not receive widespread recognition until the 60s. Frequently moving between France and the US, Nin was influenced by psychoanalysis and Surrealism. Her intensely personal diaries were the basis for many of her novels and stories, which are noted for their poetic style and searching portraits of women. She was also known for her relationship with which well-known author? More...
Quotation of the Day
It takes people a long time to learn the difference between talent and genius, especially ambitious young men and women.

Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888)

Idiom of the Day

go at it hammer and tongs

To do something or perform some task with tremendous fervor, determination, energy, or forcefulness. An allusion to the force with which a blacksmith strikes metal using a hammer and tongs. More...
Today's Holiday

Anchorage Fur Rendezvous (2020)

The Anchorage Fur Rendezvous, also called the Rondy, is a city-wide celebration held in Anchorage, Alaska. The Rondy has its origins in the days when fur trappers capped off a season of trapping by carousing in Anchorage; it was formalized as a winter carnival in 1936. Highlighting the celebration is the World Championship Sled Dog Race, a 75-mile race run in three 25-mile legs on three successive days. Other events include parades, the Miners and Trappers Ball, Eskimo blanket tossing, a snowshoe baseball game, wristwrestling matches, and performances of old-time melodrama. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: wheels

gurney - A stretcher with wheels. More...

axel, axle - Axel is the figure-skating jump; axle is the pin or rod between two wheels. More...

dry steering - The act of turning the wheels of a car that is not moving. More...

three-point landing - An aircraft landing in which the two wheels of the main landing gear and the tail or nose wheel touch the ground simultaneously. More...

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