Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, May 20, 2022)
Word of the Day

flummox

Definition:(verb) To confuse; perplex.
Synonyms:baffle, bewilder, nonplus, puzzle
Usage: The game was designed to flummox its players, presenting them with a series of complex riddles.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Forming Compound Words with Prefixes

A prefix attaches to the beginning of a word (known as the "root" or "stem word") to change its meaning. While the vast majority of prefixes don't require a hyphen when they are attached to the root, in what situation is it helpful to use a hyphen between the prefix and the stem word? More...
Article of the Day

Dyslexia

Dyslexia is a developmental disability that inhibits recognition and processing of graphic symbols, particularly those pertaining to language. The condition is often diagnosed in childhood, as the symptoms—trouble reading, reversing words and letters, writing illegibly—become evident in the classroom. To a dyslexic, d may be seen as b or was as saw. Though dyslexia's underlying cause is unknown, it appears to be heritable to some degree. When was it first identified? More...
This Day in History

US President Lincoln Signs Homestead Act into Law (1862)

The Homestead Act was a federal law that sought to shape the American West by populating it with farmers. The act provided for the transfer of 160 acres of unoccupied public land to each homesteader at $1.25 an acre after six months of residence or for a nominal fee after five years. However, the generous law became subject to fraud and corporate abuse. The settlers did not fare much better, given the harsh land and arid conditions out West. Who was the last person to take advantage of the law? More...
Today's Birthday

Cher (1946)

In a career spanning almost 50 years, Cherilyn Sarkisian, better known as Cher, has established herself as an enduring pop culture icon and one of the most popular female artists in music history. Cher first rose to prominence in the 1960s as one half of the pop duo Sonny and Cher. In 1965, their first hit, "I Got You Babe," topped US and UK charts. Cher went on to become an accomplished solo artist as well as a TV and film actress. What was the biggest-selling single of her career? More...
Quotation of the Day
Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius.

Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930)

Idiom of the Day

take the weight off (one's) feet

To lie or (especially) sit down, generally after being upright for a long period of time. More...
Today's Holiday

Mecklenburg Independence Day (2022)

The citizens of Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, like to think that their ancestors were the first to call for independence from the British when they adopted the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence on May 20, 1775. But historians now believe that the resolutions calling for independence were never actually presented there. Even though the Mecklenburg patriots may not have been the first to declare their independence from British rule, their actions represent an important step on the road to the American Revolution. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: prune

amputate - Comes from Latin ambi, "around," and putare, "to prune, trim." More...

dried plum - Another name for a prune. More...

preen - Generally thought to be an alteration of prune, "cut branches." More...

purge - To purge a tree is to prune it; to purge a candle is to snuff it. More...

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