Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, February 26, 2019)
Word of the Day

gleeful

Definition:(adjective) Full of high-spirited delight.
Synonyms:elated, joyful, jubilant
Usage: As he spoke his boyish face was wreathed in a gleeful smile, and his voice had an exultant ring.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Secondary Interjections

Secondary interjections are interjections derived from words that belong to other word classes—they may be adjectives, nouns, or entire clauses. They have nothing to do with the grammar of the sentences that come before or after them. What are some common secondary interjections? More...
Article of the Day

The Molotov Cocktail

A Molotov cocktail is a makeshift bomb made of a breakable container, often a glass bottle, that is filled with flammable liquid and given a simple fuse, which is lit just before it is hurled at a target. It was named for Vyacheslav Molotov, a Soviet statesman who negotiated the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, a nonaggression pact with Nazi Germany. A communist from 1906, he changed his name from Skriabin to Molotov—which means "hammer"—to escape imperial police. Why was the weapon named for him? More...
This Day in History

Barings Bank Collapse (1995)

A cautionary tale for financial institutions the world over, the collapse of Barings Bank, a centuries-old British bank, resulted from the activities of a single, unscrupulous employee. The man in question, derivatives broker Nick Leeson, made unauthorized, unhedged futures transactions on Nikkei, racking up £827 million ($1.3 billion) in losses in no time. He hid these losses by reporting them as gains and got away with it due to a lack of oversight. What brought the whole scheme crashing down? More...
Today's Birthday

William Frederick "Buffalo Bill" Cody (1846)

Cody's father passed away when he was just a boy, leaving him to support the family. He worked as a wagoner, trapper, and prospector before joining the Pony Express at 14. After serving in the American Civil War, he became a buffalo hunter—hence the nickname "Buffalo Bill." Writers chronicled his frontier exploits, making him a folk hero. He capitalized on his fame with "Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show," which toured the US and Europe for decades. How many buffalo did Bill claim to have killed? More...
Quotation of the Day
It was such a lovely day I thought it a pity to get up.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

carry (someone) off their feet

To completely overwhelm someone with enthusiasm, ardor, or passion. More...
Today's Holiday

Kuwait Liberation Day (2022)

After Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's troops invaded Kuwait on August 2, 1990, several countries in the United Nations formed a military coalition—including troops and equipment from the US, France, and Britain—to force them out. Operation Desert Storm began on January 17, 1991, and, for five weeks, US and British air forces relentlessly bombed Baghdad. This was followed by four days of a ground war, which resulted in Hussein's troops leaving Kuwait. February 26 is a national holiday in Kuwait celebrating the end of Iraq's military presence in Kuwait. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: supported

whatnot - A series of open shelves supported by two or four upright posts, for displaying knickknacks. More...

oriel - A large, upper-story bay window, usually supported by brackets or on corbels. More...

portico - Describes a covered walkway with a roof supported by columns and usually attached as a porch to a building. More...

felly, felloe - The felly or felloe is the exterior rim on a wheel or the section of rim supported by a spoke. More...

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