Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, April 24, 2019)
Word of the Day

pitchy

Definition:(adjective) Of the blackest black; similar to the color of jet or coal.
Synonyms:sooty
Usage: The cavern was lighted for an instant…and then immediately returned to pitchy darkness rendered thicker by the smoke.
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

Zhaozhou Bridge

The Zhaozhou Bridge is the oldest standing bridge in China and the world's oldest open-spandrel stone segmental arch bridge. It was constructed between 595 and 605 CE, during the Sui Dynasty, and is credited to the design of a craftsman named Li Chun. In the 1400 years that it has stood spanning the Xiao River in Hebei Province, the 167-ft- (51-m-) long bridge has survived several wars and floods and numerous earthquakes. What is the only portion of the bridge that has been regularly replaced? 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
There is no fun in doing nothing when you have nothing to do.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

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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