Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, March 10, 2022)
Word of the Day

meretricious

Definition:(adjective) Attracting attention in a vulgar manner.
Synonyms:flashy, garish, gaudy, tawdry, trashy, tacky
Usage: The town's tasteful welcome sign was replaced with a meretricious monstrosity, a blinking neon tower.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Prepositional Phrases as Adverbs

When a prepositional phrase modifies a verb, adjective, or adverb, it is considered to have the function of an adverb within the sentence. What are these phrases called? More...
Article of the Day

The Kit Kat Bar

The original "Kit Kat" comestible was a far cry from the candy bar we know and love today. In the 18th century, mutton pies called kit-cats were served at meetings of London's political Kit-Cat Club. The popular chocolate bar, with its distinct four-fingered shape, was introduced in 1935, after a worker at British confectionary Rowntree suggested the company create a snack that a man could easily take to work. Before being rebranded the "Kit Kat" in 1937, the treat was marketed under what name? More...
This Day in History

Batista Leads a Successful Coup in Cuba (1952)

Fulgencio Batista worked his way up through the Cuban army ranks before participating in a coup to oust the Céspedes government and install Ramón Grau as president in 1933. Just months later, however, Batista forced Grau's resignation and became Cuba's de facto ruler. After a period of exile beginning in 1944, Batista returned to Cuba and led a coup to seize power. His second term as president was marked by brutal repression, which sparked several uprisings, including one led by whom? More...
Today's Birthday

Alexander III of Russia (1845)

Alexander III was tsar of Russia from 1881 until his death in 1894. As ruler, he sought to counteract what he considered the excessive liberalism of his father's reign and pursued a reactionary policy that promoted Russification and the persecution of religious minorities. Still, economic policy during Alexander's rule enabled rapid industrial development and allowed Russia to begin building the Trans-Siberian Railroad. To which of Alexander's relatives was his wife, Dagmar, originally engaged? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Idiom of the Day

rid out

(chiefly Midwestern United States) To clean, empty, or clear out (something or some space). Primarily heard in US. More...
Today's Holiday

Fairbanks Winter Carnival (2022)

The Winter Carnival is a week of festivities in Fairbanks, Alaska, highlighted by sled dog races. The carnival opens with the two-day Limited North American Sled Dog Race, and concludes, on the last two days, with the Open North American Sled Dog Race. Other events include dances, a parka parade, a campstove chili contest, a native potlatch, snow- and ice-sculpting contests, snowshoe races and softball, musical and dramatic presentations, and a trade fair. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: rob

bribe - From Old French, it was originally a piece of bread given to beggars; the original sense of bribe is "extort, rob." More...

clip joint - Based on clip, meaning "swindle, rob." More...

pilfer - Originally, pilfering was a serious matter, synonymous with plundering, but it came to mean "stealing small things"; its source was Anglo-Norman pelfrer, "plunder, rob." More...

plunder - Etymologically, it means "rob of household goods," from Dutch plunde/plunne, "household goods." More...

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