Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, May 20, 2017)
Word of the Day

apportionment

Definition:(noun) The act of distributing by allotting or apportioning; distribution according to a plan.
Synonyms:parceling, assignation, allocation, allotment
Usage: The apportionment of seats in the House of Representatives is based on the relative population of each state.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Prepositions with Verbs

Certain verbs require prepositions in order to connect to their sentences’ objects. These combinations are also known as prepositional verbs. How do prepositional verbs differ from phrasal verbs? More...
Article of the Day

Marking Cards

Often used for card tricks or to cheat when gambling, card marking is the process of altering playing cards so that the suit, rank, or both are surreptitiously revealed to the card marker or a conspirator. The practice has evolved over the years from adding bends or bumps to cards to using various inks and scratches, and today's card markers use sophisticated "shade" technology to add marks that can only be read with special sunglasses, contact lenses, or what other high-tech system? More...
This Day in History

Cartographer Abraham Ortelius Issues the First Modern Atlas (1570)

Prior to 1570, maps were often unreliable, illegible, and unwieldy. When Ortelius published his Theatrum orbis terrarium, it was the first comprehensive, easy-to-use, and fairly up-to-date collection of world maps. It drew from the works of 87 cartographers, all of whom were credited. Demand was immediate and persisted for decades, during which time dozens of editions were published in several languages. In addition to practical contemporary maps, Ortelius published what? More...
Today's Birthday

James Maitland "Jimmy" Stewart (1908)

Stewart was an American actor recognized for his self-effacing screen persona. His slow, halting line delivery initially made him difficult to cast, but his idealistic characters in films such as Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) soon endeared him to audiences, and he won an Oscar in 1940. His role as the quintessential small-town man helped make It's a Wonderful Life (1946) a Christmas classic. What mysterious Nepalese artifact did Stewart allegedly smuggle out of India? More...
Quotation of the Day
Judge the goodness of a book by the energy of the punches it has given you. I believe the greatest characteristic of genius, is, above all, force.

Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880)

Idiom of the Day

good enough to eat

To have an extremely beautiful or aesthetically pleasing appearance. More...
Today's Holiday

Calgary International Children's Festival (2020)

This five-day event takes place in downtown Calgary, located in the Canadian province of Alberta. The festival features storytelling, dance, music, puppetry, and physical comedy, all catering to a young audience. The performances take place in and around the Arts Commons, located in the Olympic Plaza Cultural District. The program of the festival, which was launched in 1989, reflects the organizers' emphasis on creativity and cultural sensitivity. Teacher guides are provided to instructors looking to ensure an educational experience for students. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: stuffed

farctated, farctate - A farctated diner is one who cannot eat another bite; if you are farctate, you are stuffed to the gills or bloated from eating a large meal. More...

pimola - An olive stuffed with sweet red pepper. More...

gefilte fish - Not a species, but a fish loaf made from various kinds of ground fish and other ingredients; the first word is from Yiddish, from German gefullte, "stuffed." More...

pudding - Originally a sausage—the stomach or intestine of a pig, sheep, etc.—stuffed with other food. More...

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