Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, May 22, 2018)
Word of the Day

harebrained

Definition:(adjective) Very foolish.
Synonyms:insane, mad
Usage: She devised a harebrained scheme to get her money back, but it ended up landing her in jail.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Idioms that Start with Prepositions

Most idioms that start with prepositions are prepositional phrases and consist of a preposition followed by a noun or noun phrase. What are the most common prepositions found at the beginning of prepositional idioms? More...
Article of the Day

Coke or Pepsi?

The rivalry between soft drink manufacturers PepsiCo and The Coca-Cola Company—epitomized by a series of marketing campaigns in the 1980s and 1990s—is simply known as the Cola Wars. In their ongoing battle for supremacy in the soft drink market, the two companies have employed several different tactics, including commercials featuring pop stars, programs to reward loyal customers with free merchandise, and even revisions of their signature products, including what controversial changes? More...
This Day in History

Farmer Discovers Howe Caverns (1842)

Howe Caverns is a cave system in east-central New York that lies 156 ft (48 m) below ground. It was discovered in 1842, when farmer Lester Howe began to wonder why his cows all seemed to gather near one particular hill on hot summer days. Upon investigating, he felt a cool breeze blowing from a hole in the hill. He and a neighbor began to dig out the hole and uncovered the entrance to a cave. They explored it extensively and opened it for tours the next year. Why are there boats in the cave? More...
Today's Birthday

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859)

Conan Doyle was a Scottish writer noted for his tales about fictional detective Sherlock Holmes. Originally a doctor, Conan Doyle studied under the sharp-eyed Dr. Joseph Bell, who was noted for his ability to draw accurate conclusions about people through observation. Bell was thus the model for Holmes, who appeared for the first time in 1887. Conan Doyle "killed off" Holmes in 1893 but was forced by public demand to resurrect him. What famous unsolved hoax might the author have perpetrated? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is a time in every man's education when he arrives at the conviction that ... imitation is suicide.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

good God!

An oath expressing surprise, shock, frustration, anger, or annoyance. More...
Today's Holiday

Hay-on-Wye Festival of Literature (2020)

This celebration of words and language has been held in Hay-on-Wye, Wales, since 1988. It offers 10 days of comedy, theater and musical performances in addition to conversations and readings by poets and fiction writers. The festival regularly features some of the most widely known Welsh, Irish, English, European, and American writers in the world; musical performances have included the Welsh National Opera Male Choir and the English Shakespeare Company. A series of master classes in poetry, short story, and screenwriting has also been established for young writers. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: tomb

epitaph - From Greek epi, "upon, over," and taphos, "tomb" or "funeral." More...

lair - First meant "grave, tomb," or "place where one sleeps." More...

pall, pallbearer - Pallbearer is based on pall, which was first a cloth spread over a coffin, hearse, or tomb. More...

cromlech - Is Welsh for "arched stone" and means "any megalithic chamber tomb." More...

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