Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, April 28, 2021)
Word of the Day

transmogrify

Definition:(verb) Change completely the nature or appearance of.
Synonyms:metamorphose, transfigure
Usage: In Franz Kafka's story "The Metamorphosis," a human being transmogrifies into a bug.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Linking Verbs

Linking verbs (also known as copulas or copular verbs) are used to describe the state of being of the subject of a clause. What is the most common linking verb? More...
Article of the Day

The Doctors' Plot

In January 1953, a plot to murder leading Soviet government and party officials was "uncovered." Nine prominent doctors, at least six of them Jews, were arrested and confessed their involvement. The reports sparked an upwelling of anti-Semitism in the USSR. Months later, news broke that the charges were false and that the confessions had been obtained by torture. Who alleged that Stalin, whose death in March brought down the scheme, had planned to use the scandal to launch a massive party purge? More...
This Day in History

Dennis Tito Becomes World's First Space Tourist (2001)

American multimillionaire Dennis Tito gained celebrity status in 2001, when he became the first person to pay for his own ticket to space. The 60-year-old spent nearly eight days in space, most of them on the International Space Station. A former scientist of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Tito made his fortune as a founder of Wilshire Associates, an investment management, consulting, and technology services company. How much did his ticket aboard the Russian Soyuz TM-32 allegedly cost? More...
Today's Birthday

Ferruccio Lamborghini (1916)

Lamborghini was a successful Italian tractor manufacturer and sports car enthusiast who founded a luxury car company in 1963, allegedly after a spat with Enzo Ferrari. The story goes that Lamborghini was dissatisfied with the clutch in one of his Ferraris and voiced this to Enzo Ferrari, who dismissed the complaints as those of a mere tractor maker. Infuriated, Lamborghini decided to retaliate by creating his own superior sports car. Why did he choose the image of a bull for his company's logo? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is not the office of a man to receive gifts ... We wish to be self-sustained. We do not quite forgive a giver. The hand that feeds us is in some danger of being bitten.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

shank's nag

One's legs and feet, used for walking; travel by foot. Also "shanks' nag." A reference to the shank— the lower leg between the knee and the ankle—and the use of ponies or horses for travel. More...
Today's Holiday

Freedom of Entry Ceremony (2022)

Inaugurated in 2007, this ceremony honors the Royal Malaysian Navy with a series of traditional rituals that date back to medieval times. It takes place in the Malaysian seaport town of Kota Kinabalu on the island of Borneo. Along with the public symbolic gestures that confer the navy's right to protect the city, the ceremony also features several entertaining exhibitions and shows intended to attract tourists, including a boat demonstration, helicopter aerial displays, tours of navy ships, and performances by the navy band and silent drill teams. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: social

community - It can refer to group of animals or plants living together and was first used to refer to a "body of commons" or a social or political entity. More...

party - Latin partitum, "part, side," became party, with the senses "political group" and, in the 18th century, "social gathering." More...

mores, anomie - Mores is the Latin plural of mor/mos and means "acquired customs and manners"; social and moral conventions are mores, and the lack of these is anomie. More...

sociable, social, society - Sociable, social, society, etc. originate in Latin socius, "companion, fellow," or "colleague." More...

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