Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, April 24, 2016)
Word of the Day

feckless

Definition:(adjective) Generally incompetent and ineffectual.
Synonyms:inept
Usage: Much to his wife's dismay, Jim refused to call a professional, and continued his feckless attempts at repairing the plumbing in the house.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Independent Clauses

An independent clause (also known as a main clause) is a clause that forms a complete, independent thought. What is a simple sentence? More...
Article of the Day

Sambo

Sambo is a modern martial art and combat sport that was developed to enhance the military's hand-to-hand combat system in the former Soviet Union. In 1938, it was named the official sport of the USSR. Sambo combines a variety of wrestling styles with east Asian martial arts, boxing, and even fencing, from which it derives its parrying and lunging techniques. What does the combat style's name mean? More...
This Day in History

The Triple Six Fix (1980)

The Triple Six Fix was a plot to rig the Pennsylvania Lottery. Masterminded by Nick Perry, the lottery's television announcer, the scheme focused on the Daily Number game, in which players pay to select a three-digit number in hopes of matching theirs to the one drawn from a container of numbered ping-pong balls. The balls are selected by a vacuum, so Perry planned to cheat the game by weighting all but two of the balls—numbers four and six—and buying combinations of those numbers. Did it work? More...
Today's Birthday

Anthony Trollope (1815)

One of the great English novelists, Trollope spent seven unhappy years in London as a postal clerk before transferring to Ireland in 1841. Soon after, while still working for the postal service, he began writing. Working mainly before breakfast and at a fixed rate of 1,000 words an hour, he produced 47 novels, including the six interconnected Barsetshire novels and the highly regarded, satirical The Way We Live Now. What did he describe as "the most wretched fortnight of my manhood"? More...
Quotation of the Day
As the viper, though it kills with it, does not deserve to be blamed for the poison it carries, as it is a gift of nature, neither do I deserve reproach for being beautiful.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

hit a brick wall

To come up against an immovable or insurmountable difficulty or obstacle. More...
Today's Holiday

Armenian Martyrs' Day (2021)

Armenian Martyrs' Day is a day of remembrance for the one million Armenians who died in the Turkish massacre of 1915-16. On April 24, 1915, Turks arrested Armenian political and intellectual leaders in Istanbul, killing 250 of them. That was the start of deportations, forced marches in the desert, rapes, and imprisonments that killed half the Armenian population in Turkey. Armenian communities throughout the world observe this day. In the United States, many state governors issue proclamations of remembrance; there are also special services in Armenian churches. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: magic

aeaeae - Meaning "magic," it is derived from aealae artes, "magic arts." More...

elicit - Comes from a Latin stem meaning "draw forth by magic or trickery." More...

glamour - First meant "magic, enchantment" or "art of contriving magic spells." More...

magic - Named for the magi, who were regarded as magicians. More...

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