Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, March 15, 2018)
Word of the Day

snigger

Definition:(verb) Laugh quietly.
Synonyms:snicker
Usage: The rude tourists snigger at the locals' outdated ways and dress.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using Stative Verbs

Stative verbs are used to describe static conditions. They are usually unable to progress through time, and they therefore cannot be used when forming the continuous or progressive forms of verb tenses. What verb tenses can stative verbs be used in? More...
Article of the Day

Cymothoa Exigua

Cymothoa exigua is a parasitic crustacean that attaches itself to the tongue of the spotted rose snapper and feeds on its blood. Eventually, the organ atrophies, and then something remarkable happens: C. exigua replaces the fish's tongue with its own body by attaching to the muscles of the tongue stub. The fish is able to use the parasite just like a normal tongue, apparently without any further damage. Are there any other cases of a parasite functionally replacing a host organ? More...
This Day in History

Rolls-Royce Limited Is Founded (1906)

In 1904, engineer Frederick Henry Royce made his first car and was introduced to Charles Stewart Rolls, who owned a car dealership. The pair agreed to a deal in which Royce would manufacture cars to be sold by Rolls. They decided that the cars would be called "Rolls-Royce," and their British luxury car company was born. Though their "Silver Ghost" model brought early fame, World War I temporarily eliminated demand for luxury cars. What did Rolls-Royce do in order to stay in business? More...
Today's Birthday

Zarah Leander (1907)

Leander was a Swedish actress and singer. As a contracted performer with Germany's principal film studio, Leander made a number of successful films that contributed to the Third Reich's propaganda. Though Leander did not take part in official Nazi party functions, her association with Nazism caused her to be shunned in Sweden after the war. She resumed acting but never regained the popularity she had enjoyed before. Why did Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels dub her an "Enemy of Germany"? More...
Quotation of the Day
Clothes alter our very nature. A man could not help being fierce and daring with a plume in his bonnet, a dagger in his belt, and a lot of puffy white things all down his sleeves.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

Idiom of the Day

rolling in dough

Exceptionally wealthy; having large amounts of money to spend. More...
Today's Holiday

Hungary Revolution and Independence Day (2022)

On March 15, Hungarians observe the anniversary of the beginning of the revolution in 1848 against the Habsburg monarchy. The revolutionaries called for the creation of a nation-state with freedom of the press and an independent parliamentary government. In 1989, celebrations were open for the first time since the Soviet invasion, and took place all over the country. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: trifle

bagatelle - From French or Italian for "trick" or "trifle." More...

burlesque - From French, which got it from Italian burlesco, a derivative of burla, "joke, fun"—which may have come from Latin burra, "trifle." More...

trifle - In the sense of the dessert, it gets its name from being a "light" confection. More...

trifle - From French truffle/truffe, "deceit, trickery." More...

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