Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, March 22, 2022)
Word of the Day

lanceolate

Definition:(adjective) Tapering from a rounded base toward an apex.
Synonyms:lancelike
Usage: The bush had lanceolate leaves with sharp tips that could sting unwary passersby.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Choosing the Correct Demonstrative Adjective

"This," "That," "These," and "Those" are the four common demonstrative adjectives in English. Which ones are used to refer to people and objects that are plural? More...
Article of the Day

Sushi

Outside Japan, sushi is often taken to mean "raw fish," but to the Japanese, it refers to a broad range of foods prepared with vinegared rice. What is the essential quality in sushi rice? More...
This Day in History

Hale-Bopp Comet Makes Closest Approach to Earth (1997)

Likely the most widely observed comet of the 20th century, Hale-Bopp—named for American astronomers Alan Hale and Thomas Bopp—was visible to the naked eye for a record 18 months, observable even from large cities with light-polluted skies. The comet's passage excited stargazers but also incited various conspiracy theories. The notion that it was followed by an alien spacecraft inspired a mass suicide among members of the Heaven's Gate cult. When will Hale-Bopp return to the inner solar system? More...
Today's Birthday

William Shatner (1931)

Shatner is a Canadian-born actor, writer, and musical performer. He became a cult icon starring as Captain James T. Kirk of the USS Enterprise on the 1960s television show Star Trek. He reprised the role in movies and has written about his experiences playing Kirk. Shatner's more recent work on The Practice and its spinoff Boston Legal earned him a pair of Emmy Awards. In 2006, he made headlines for selling his kidney stone to whom, for how much, and for what purpose? More...
Quotation of the Day
Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air.

John Quincy Adams (1767-1848)

Idiom of the Day

scare (someone) silly

To shock or frighten someone very suddenly and/or severely. Hyperbolically alludes to frightening someone so severely as to cause them to lose their mind. More...
Today's Holiday

World Day for Water (2022)

In 1992, the United Nations declared March 22 World Day for Water. Programs associated with the day draw attention to the ways in which proper water resource management contributes to a nation's economic and social vitality. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: spoil

bilk - A term originally used in cribbage, meaning "spoil one's opponent's score." More...

corrupt - Comes from Latin corrumpere, "destroy completely," and first meant "to destroy or spoil the flesh, fruit, or organic matter by dissolution or decomposition." More...

infect - From Latin inficere, "put in" or "dip in," which came to mean "stain, taint, spoil." More...

vitiate - "To make imperfect; spoil." More...

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