Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, March 24, 2018)
Word of the Day

top-notch

Definition:(adjective) Of the highest quality.
Synonyms:A-one, ace, crack, first-rate, super, tiptop, tops
Usage: Everyone wants a top-notch specialist when it comes to laser eye surgery.
Daily Grammar Lesson

How Adverbial Nouns Modify Verbs

Adverbial nouns are nouns or noun phrases that function grammatically as adverbs to modify verbs and certain adjectives. They act as an adverb to modify the verb with an aspect of time, distance, weight, age, or monetary value. What is the adverbial noun in the following sentence? "I am leaving tomorrow." More...
Article of the Day

Elizabeth Needham

Also known as Mother Needham, Elizabeth Needham was a notorious, 18th-century brothel-keeper known for keeping the most exclusive house in London and having customers from the highest strata of fashionable society. Although her well-connected clientele may have allowed her to elude the law for many years, she was eventually arrested in 1731 and sentenced to stand twice in the pillory. What happened the day before she was due to stand in the pillory for the second time? More...
This Day in History

The Mont Blanc Tunnel Fire (1999)

The Mont Blanc Tunnel was completed in 1965 and became a major trans-Alpine transport route linking France and Italy. On March 24, 1999, passing motorists alerted a driver that his truck was smoking. His cargo of flour and margarine had caught fire in the tunnel. The fire burned for 53 hours and reached temperatures over 1,832°F (1,000°C), trapping drivers and thwarting rescue efforts. The blaze claimed 39 lives. How many people were saved by a man on a motorcycle before he died in the inferno? More...
Today's Birthday

Fatty Arbuckle (1887)

Roscoe Conkling "Fatty" Arbuckle was a portly American silent film comedian. Despite his size, Arbuckle was physically adept and surprisingly agile. His comedies are known for their rollicking, fast-paced nature, and he was particularly fond of the now-famous "pie in the face" gag. Arbuckle had a lasting impact on the silent film genre and mentored stars Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton. However, he is best known for his involvement in what scandal that destroyed his career? More...
Quotation of the Day
Victory is ever fickle.

Homer (900 BC-800 BC)

Idiom of the Day

send a shiver down (someone's) spine

To cause an intense feeling of excitement, exhilaration, nervousness, or fear in someone. More...
Today's Holiday

National Cherry Blossom Festival (2022)

The National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C., is held when the cherry trees planted around the Potomac River Tidal Basin bloom. The 3,000 trees were a gift to the city of Washington from the city of Tokyo, Japan, in 1912, and today they are the focal point of a two-week festival celebrating the friendship between the two countries. The festivities include formal receptions for the 52 festival princesses (representing the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the territory of Guam) and a Cherry Blossom parade through downtown Washington. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: melancholy

elegiac - Can mean "melancholy, mournful." More...

brown study - Gloomy meditation or melancholy is known as being in a brown study. More...

hypochondria - First referred to the upper abdomen and the organs under the ribs (liver, gall bladder, spleen)—thought to be the source of melancholy. More...

tristful - Means "full of melancholy or sadness." More...

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