Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, March 7, 2022)
Word of the Day

apprise

Definition:(verb) To give notice to; inform.
Synonyms:notify, advise
Usage: During the drive home from the airport, they had time to apprise her of everything that had changed since she had been gone.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Subject-Verb Agreement with Uncountable Nouns

Because uncountable nouns cannot be plural, it is very important to use the correct subject-verb agreement. What form of a verb must uncountable nouns take? More...
Article of the Day

Curling

Curling is a precision sport played on ice with heavy polished stones. Two teams of four curlers each play this game, which is most popular in Canada, but is played all over the world. When did curling become an official Winter Olympic sport? More...
This Day in History

Ellen Turner Abducted in Forced Marriage Ploy (1826)

At just 15 years of age, Ellen Turner, the eligible daughter of a wealthy English mill owner, caught the attention of Edward Gibbon Wakefield. Following his wife's death, he hatched a plan to kidnap and marry Turner, thereby gaining access to her sizeable inheritance. After convincing the mistresses at Turner's boarding school that her father had sent for her, Wakefield abducted the young girl and married her. Turner's family, however, soon had him arrested. What became of Wakefield? More...
Today's Birthday

Rudi Dutschke (1940)

Dutschke was an important figure in the Socialist German Student Union and the most prominent spokesperson of the left-wing German student movement of the 1960s, a movement aimed at creating a more democratic society. In 1968, Dutschke survived an assassination attempt, in which a disgruntled anti-communist shot him in the head. Dutschke lived more than a decade before suffering a seizure in the bathtub and drowning on December 24, 1979. How had his shooting disrupted a German newspaper empire? More...
Quotation of the Day
It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.

Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930)

Idiom of the Day

rags-to-riches

adjective (used before a noun) Characterized by a rise from poverty to great or exceptional wealth. More...
Today's Holiday

Burbank Day (2022)

The birthday of naturalist and plant breeder Luther Burbank (1849-1926) is observed in California in much the same way Arbor Day is observed in other states—that is, with activities promoting the value of natural resources and the protection of trees and birds. Burbank moved from his native Massachusetts to Santa Rosa, California, in 1875 and spent the rest of his life there experimenting with new varieties of fruits, flowers, and vegetables. On March 7, a birthday and Arbor Day celebration is held at the Luther Burbank Home and Gardens. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: roads

carfax, carrefour - A carfax or carrefour is a place where (usually four) roads or streets meet, from French carrefurcs, from Latin quadrifurcus, "four forks." More...

multivious - Having many paths or roads. More...

invious - Describes something that is pathless or without roads. More...

jiggle-bars, rumble strips - The rough spots intentionally created on the sides of roads to alert drivers are jiggle-bars or rumble strips. More...

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