Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, May 24, 2018)
Word of the Day

shortsighted

Definition:(adjective) Lacking foresight or scope.
Synonyms:unforesightful, myopic, short
Usage: The shortsighted board members derided the plan, which would cost the company money at the outset but could set it on track to earn billions in future years.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Adjective Complements

An adjective complement is a phrase or clause that provides information necessary to complete an adjective phrase’s meaning. Adjective complements are similar to but distinct from modifiers of adjectives. How do they differ? More...
Article of the Day

I'll Be Done in a "Jiffy"

Dating to at least 1785, the term "jiffy" is used informally to refer to any unspecified short period of time, often the brief moment it will take to finish a task. Certain fields of science use the word technically to denote a specific unit of time—typically a fraction of a second. In electronics, for example, a jiffy is defined as the time between alternating current power cycles. In computing, a jiffy is the duration of one tick of the system timer interrupt. What is a jiffy in astrophysics? More...
This Day in History

Brooklyn Bridge Opens to Traffic (1883)

The Brooklyn Bridge—one of the oldest suspension bridges in the US—stretches over the East River from Manhattan to Brooklyn. It was the first steel-wire suspension bridge in the world and, at the time of its completion, was the world's longest suspension bridge. Construction was plagued by at least 27 fatal accidents, one of which killed John A. Roebling, the bridge's designer. Days after the bridge opened, rumors of its impending collapse caused a stampede that killed how many people? More...
Today's Birthday

Jean-Paul Marat (1743)

Marat was a French Revolutionary leader and journalist. When the Revolution began, he founded the newspaper L'Ami du peuple and became an influential voice for radical measures against the aristocrats. Elected to the National Convention in 1792, he led the attack against the moderate Girondists. Horrified by the excesses of the Reign of Terror, Girondist sympathizer Charlotte Corday assassinated Marat, stabbing him as he soaked in a bath to relieve the discomfort of what condition? More...
Quotation of the Day
Being poor is a mere trifle. It is being known to be poor that is the sting.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

Idiom of the Day

speak of the devil, and he shall appear

An acknowledgment of a person who has arrived just as or after he or she was being discussed. More...
Today's Holiday

Ganga Dussehra (2018)

According to Hindu mythology, the Ganges River in India originally flowed only in heaven. In the form of a goddess, Ganga, the river was brought down to earth by King Bhagiratha in order to purify the ashes of his ancestors, 60,000 of whom had been burned under a curse from the great sage Kapila. On Ganga Dussehra, the 10th day of the waxing half of the month of Jyestha, Hindus able to reach the Ganges take a dip in the river to purify their sins and remedy their physical ills. Those who live far away from the Ganges immerse themselves in whatever river, pond, or sea they can get to on this day. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: prone

bellicose, belligerent - Bellicose orients "prone to fighting" toward an individual, while belligerent refers to an organized body, a national or political entity—a person is bellicose, a nation is belligerent. More...

grovel, groveling - Grovel is a back-formation from groveling—which first meant "face downward in a prone or prostrate position." More...

prone, prostrate, supine - Prone is lying on your face—facing downwards—which is also true for prostrate, but only in expressing adoration or begging for protection; supine is lying on your back. More...

kratogen - The dormant area of land lying next to one that is prone to earthquakes. More...

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