Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, March 8, 2017)
Word of the Day

quaggy

Definition:(adjective) Resembling a marsh; soggy.
Synonyms:boggy, marshy, miry, mucky, muddy, sloughy, swampy
Usage: The ground near the lake was wet and quaggy underfoot.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Participle Phrases in Middle Position

When a participle phrase occurs in the middle position, and is not essential to the meaning of the sentence, it should be set apart from the rest of the sentence by two commas. However, if a participle phrase occurs in the middle position and is essential to the meaning of the sentence, how should it be punctuated? More...
Article of the Day

The Hidden Art of Steganography

Steganography is the practice of hiding secret messages in seemingly innocuous documents such as pictures, articles, or shopping lists. The practice dates to the 5th c BCE, when early practitioners concealed information under the wax of wooden writing tablets or on the tattooed scalps of slaves. As technology evolved, so did steganography; and today, information is often hidden in computer files. Which terrorist group has been accused of using steganography to transmit secrets over the Internet? More...
This Day in History

Nelson's Pillar Destroyed by Explosion in Dublin (1966)

Built in 1808 and towering over the center of Dublin, Ireland, Nelson's Pillar was a massive monument to Horatio Nelson, Britain's most famous naval hero. It was controversial from the start. In 1966, Irish Republican Army members destroyed the pillar with a bomb. Irish Army engineers then removed the pillar's pedestal with a controlled explosion, which is said to have caused more damage than the original blast. The head of the statue was later stolen from storage. Where did it end up? More...
Today's Birthday

Konstantinos Karamanlis (1907)

One of the most important political figures in the history of modern Greece, Karamanlis helped rebuild Greece's economy while serving in various posts after WWII. Chosen as prime minister in 1955, he formed a government and a new conservative party, the National Radical Union. In 1960, he established an independent republic on Cyprus to ease tensions with Britain and Turkey over the island. He resigned in 1963 and lived in exile in Paris until 1974. What finally brought him back to Greece? More...
Quotation of the Day
I always advise people never to give advice.

P. G. Wodehouse (1881-1975)

Idiom of the Day

be rained out

To be delayed, postponed, or cancelled due to the rain. More...
Today's Holiday

Fiesta of San Juan de Dios (2022)

San Juan de Dios (St. John of God) was born in Portugal in 1495. A religious order, the Brothers Hospitallers, was founded in his honor, and thereafter he was known as John of God and the patron saint of hospitals. In Puno, Peru, San Juan de Dios is celebrated with a two-day fiesta. On March 7, llamas bring in wood for bonfires in a parade with flute and drum music, and in the evening bonfires blaze. The next day, his feast day, a procession takes the saint's image through the streets of Puno, and dancers and musicians create a festive atmosphere around the church. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: twisted

twist-grip - A bicycle grip that may be twisted to change the gears is a twist-grip. More...

pigtail - In the 17th century, it was tobacco twisted into a thin rope, which resembled the animal's tail. More...

torsibility - The tendency to untwist after being twisted; it is also the degree to which something can be twisted. More...

writhen - "Twisted or contorted out of shape." More...

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