Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, May 14, 2021)
Word of the Day

impale

Definition:(verb) Pierce with a sharp stake or point.
Synonyms:spike, transfix
Usage: My mother always warned me not to run with scissors, lest I fall and impale myself on the blades.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Interjections

An interjection, also known as an exclamation, is a word, phrase, or sound used to convey an emotion such as surprise, excitement, happiness, or anger. What are primary interjections? More...
Article of the Day

Refraction

When an object, such as a pencil, is partly immersed in water and viewed from above, it appears to bend underwater. This illusion is caused by refraction, the change in direction of a wave as it leaves one medium and enters another. Waves travel with greater velocity in some media than in others, and when a wave enters a new medium at a certain angle, the change in speed occurs sooner on one side of the wave than on the other. What other optical phenomena are caused by refraction? More...
This Day in History

State of Israel Proclaimed (1948)

In November 1947, the UN approved the Partition Plan for Palestine. Britain had governed Palestine since 1920, but the Partition Plan called for the formation of two states—one Jewish and one Arab—as well as a small, internationally administered zone in formerly British territory. The Arab leadership rejected the plan, but on May 14, 1948, the State of Israel was declared. The next day, five Arab states declared war on Israel. How did the war end? More...
Today's Birthday

George Lucas (1944)

Lucas is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter famous for his epic Star Wars saga and the Indiana Jones film series. Though Lucas has become one of the American film industry's most successful filmmakers, he initially aspired to be a racecar driver. A serious car accident in high school led him to rethink this, and he instead turned to moviemaking, channeling his passion for cars into his 1973 film American Graffiti. What was his first feature-length film? More...
Quotation of the Day
Cruelty was the devil's own trade-mark, and if we saw any one who took pleasure in cruelty we might know who he belonged to ... On the other hand, where we saw people who loved their neighbors, and were kind to man and beast, we might know that was God's mark.

Anna Sewell (1820-1878)

Idiom of the Day

a cat nap

A very brief but restful period of sleep. More...
Today's Holiday

Liberia National Unification Day (2022)

This annual observance in Liberia draws attention to the animosity between the Americo-Liberian elite and the indigenous majority. Under the leadership of President William V. S. Tubman, who led from 1944 to 1971, the divide between these two groups was diminished. Tubman introduced the National Unification Policy, which featured among other things an extension of the vote to women and the country's indigenous people. The anniversary emerged as a means to draw support for the policy. The day reminds Liberians to remember what they hold in common and not to dwell on how they diverge. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: ignore

flout, flaunt - Flout means "defy, ignore" and flaunt means "show off." More...

ignore, disregard - Ignore is properly used of things that are present in one's surroundings; for things like rules, conventions, stipulations, and contracts, the right word is disregard. More...

stet - Latin for "let it stand," a notation to ignore a correction made to a text. More...

pretermit - To pass over or ignore something. More...

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