Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, February 9, 2020)
Word of the Day

cutpurse

Definition:(noun) A thief who steals from the pockets or purses of others in public places.
Synonyms:pickpocket, dip
Usage: The heartless cutpurse targets commuters on crowded subways and buses, stealing from those who appear distracted or tired.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Prepositions Used for Different Media

We use the preposition "in" when we are talking about something appearing in printed media. What preposition do we use to talk about something appearing on televised or digital media? More...
Article of the Day

Messinian Salinity Crisis

About 5.6 million years ago, the Mediterranean Sea was cut off from the Atlantic Ocean, likely due to tectonic shifts that closed the Strait of Gibraltar. For thousands of years afterward, the Mediterranean evaporated away, becoming saltier and leaving massive deposits of salt and minerals on the sea bed until the sea had disappeared. The straight was reopened and the sea refilled during a massive flood 500,000 years later. Today, the sea is still saltier than the Atlantic Ocean. Why? More...
This Day in History

USS Lafayette, Formerly SS Normandie, Burns (1942)

The luxuriously appointed SS Normandie was the fastest ocean liner of her day and carried such distinguished passengers as Ernest Hemingway, Fred Astaire, and the von Trapps before a twist of fate brought that to an end. When World War II began, the French vessel was docked in New York. The US seized her for use as a troop transport, but a fire broke out on the renamed USS Lafayette during the refit, causing her to capsize. Who claimed to have sabotaged the ship? More...
Today's Birthday

William Henry Harrison (1773)

As the first governor of the Indiana Territory, Harrison negotiated treaties with Native Americans that ceded millions of acres of land to the US. In response, Tecumseh organized an uprising, which Harrison engaged at the famous Battle of Tippecanoe. He went on to lead forces in the War of 1812, recapturing Detroit from the British. Originally a Virginia aristocrat, he won the 1840 US presidential election by emphasizing his tough frontiersman image, only to die of what after a month in office? More...
Quotation of the Day
Reason itself is true and just, but the reason of every particular man is weak and wavering, perpetually swayed and turned by his interests, his passions, and his vices.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Idiom of the Day

pitch a fit

To become very or unreasonably angry or upset; to have an outburst of rage, frustration, or ill temper. More...
Today's Holiday

Hobart Royal Regatta (2022)

The Royal Hobart Regatta is an aquatic carnival that includes sailing, rowing, and swimming events, as well as fireworks and parades. It is a holiday in Tasmania, Australia, and is held on the Derwint River in early February during Australia's summer season. Hobart is the capital of Tasmania, Australia's southernmost state. A similar holiday in northern Tasmania is observed on the first Monday in November and is called Recreation Day. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: monk

ascetic - Pronounced uh-SET-ik, it is derived from Greek asketes, "monk, hermit." More...

dean - Comes from Latin decanum, "chief of a group of ten," and Greek dekanos, "a monk or dignitary in charge of ten others." More...

nun - Derived from Latin nonna, the feminine of nonnus, "monk," originally a title given to an elderly person. More...

monk, friar - A monk stays in a monastery; a friar does not. More...

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