Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, March 9, 2017)
Word of the Day

preclude

Definition:(verb) Keep from happening or arising; make impossible.
Synonyms:foreclose, forestall, prevent, forbid
Usage: Modesty precludes me from accepting the honor.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Viewpoint Adverbs and Sentence Placement

Viewpoint adverbs are used to indicate whose point of view is being expressed, or to specify what aspect of something one is talking about. Where do viewpoint adverbs usually appear in a sentence? More...
Article of the Day

Shrunken Heads

The Shuar people of Ecuador and Peru first came to worldwide attention in the 1800s, after Westerners discovered that the group practiced head shrinking. The custom stems from the belief that severing an enemy's head and shrinking it harnesses the person's spirit and compels it to serve the shrinker. Though cultural restrictions limited the manufacture of shrunken heads, Western demand for the macabre artifacts prompted the Shuar to produce them in greater quantities. How does one shrink a head? More...
This Day in History

Notorious B.I.G. Shot and Killed in Los Angeles (1997)

Seven months after rival rapper Tupac Shakur was gunned down in Las Vegas, Christopher Wallace—better known as the Notorious B.I.G.—was killed in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles. Although it has been widely speculated that Wallace was shot in retaliation for Shakur's murder in the culmination of a feud between members of East Coast and West Coast hip-hop record companies, both murders remain unsolved. Just weeks after Wallace's death, his new album was released. What was it called? More...
Today's Birthday

Tom Roberts (1856)

Roberts was born in England and immigrated to Australia as a teen. By day, he worked as a photographer's assistant and a picture-frame maker, but by night, he studied art and painted. His scenes of rural Australian life, often with humorous touches, earned disapproval from conventional art critics, yet they are now recognized as prime examples of the so-called Heidelberg school of art. One unusually large Roberts painting, appropriately entitled The Big Picture, depicts what? More...
Quotation of the Day
Compromise, n.: Such an adjustment of conflicting interests as gives each adversary the satisfaction of thinking he has got what he ought not to have, and is deprived of nothing except what was justly his due.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

leave much to be desired

To be very inadequate or unsatisfactory; to lack a large amount of what is desired or required. More...
Today's Holiday

Baron Bliss Day (2021)

Baron Bliss Day is a public holiday in Belize honoring Englishman Henry Edward Ernest Victor Bliss (1869-1926). When he died on March 9, Bliss bequeathed his entire estate to Belize City. On this day each year, a morning mass and wreath laying is held at his tomb in the Fort Point area. Then there is a regatta in the harbor, a cycle race, and a kite contest. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: seasoning

aioli - French for ai, "garlic," and oli, "oil"—mayonnaise seasoned with garlic. More...

drawn butter - Melted, clarified, and seasoned. More...

herbes de Provence - A blend of herbs used for seasoning, such as basil, bay leaf, chervil, fennel, lavender, marjoram, oregano, rosemary, sage, summer savory, tarragon, and thyme. More...

herb, spice, seasoning - Herbs are, technically, plants with aerial parts used for seasoning foods, and a spice (also called seasoning) is any substance used for seasoning foods; many herbs are used as spices, but not all. More...

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