Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, March 21, 2018)
Word of the Day

miserly

Definition:(adjective) (Used of persons or behavior) characterized by or indicative of lack of generosity.
Synonyms:mingy, tight, mean
Usage: The necessity of disbursing passage money for all his tribe seemed to disturb him in a manner that was the more striking because otherwise he gave no signs of a miserly disposition.
Daily Grammar Lesson

The Infinitive Mood and the Emphatic Mood

There are two sub-categories that are sometimes described as moods in different grammar guides: the "infinitive mood" and the "emphatic mood." The "infinitive mood" merely refers to a verb being put into its infinitive form—that is, the base form with the particle "to." What is the "emphatic mood"? More...
Article of the Day

Terror Bombing

Terror bombing is a military strategy that involves deliberately bombing civilian targets in order to damage enemy morale and elicit panic. During World War II, the legality of area bombardment—the bombing of general regions rather than specific targets—rested on the language of treaties drafted in a time before aerial mass bombardment was possible. Despite diplomatic attempts, such language was not updated until after the war. How have treaties since 1945 treated the targeting of noncombatants? More...
This Day in History

Alcatraz Closes (1963)

Alcatraz, a rocky island in western California's San Francisco Bay, served as a federal prison housing the country's most dangerous criminals from 1934 to 1963. It became a National Recreation Area in 1972, and by the mid-1990s, it was attracting almost a million visitors a year. Nicknamed "The Rock," Alcatraz was a symbol of the impregnable maximum security fortress prison. During its 29 years of operation, 34 prisoners attempted escapes, but only three may have succeeded. Who were they? More...
Today's Birthday

Gary Oldman (1958)

Oldman is an English actor known for playing eccentric characters and for his ability to master accents. He first appeared on screen in the 1982 film Remembrance and has since played a variety of characters including Dracula, Beethoven, and Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious. In 1997, he wrote, directed, and produced Nil By Mouth, an award-winning film reportedly based on his life. Recently, he has received acclaim for his portrayal of which character in the Harry Potter film series? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Idiom of the Day

salt in the/(one's) wound(s)

An aggravation that makes something unpleasant, difficult, or painful even worse. More...
Today's Holiday

Shunbun-no-Hi (2022)

In Japan, where the Vernal Equinox is a national holiday, the entire week during which the equinox occurs is called Higan, which means "other shore." The observance of Vernal Equinox Day began during the reign of 7th-century Prince Shotoku. It became a national holiday during the Meiji period. Visiting the family cemetery is popular on this day, and people tend to regard it as a happy event. Although no meat is served during the week, o-hagi, soft rice balls covered with sweetened bean paste, are popular. Shunbun-no-Hi is a day set aside to honor nature and to show respect for growing things. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: spoon

runcible spoon - A three-pronged fork curved like a spoon and used as a serving utensil. More...

cochleare - A spoon or spoonful of a medical prescription. More...

spoon bread - Soft cornbread served with a spoon; it is also called egg bread or butter bread. More...

toe - The outer edge of a spoon. More...

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