Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, May 7, 2022)
Word of the Day

lobe

Definition:(noun) A rounded projection, especially an anatomical part.
Synonyms:projection
Usage: She fastened her earrings, three brilliant pendants that glistened most beautifully, through the pierced lobes of her ears.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Common Modifier Mistakes

If we place a modifier too far away from the thing it describes, it can become a "misplaced modifier." We must also make sure that the thing being modified is explicitly stated in the text, otherwise we might be left with a "dangling modifier." What is a "squinting modifier"? More...
Article of the Day

Monte Carlo

Monte Carlo, a principality of Monaco, is a resort town located on the French Riviera. It is known as a playground for the rich and famous, thanks to its breathtaking scenery, fine villas, luxurious hotels, and world-famous casino—which has long been a source of intrigue. Joseph Jagger first broke the bank after discovering a bias in one of the roulette wheels in 1873, and the casino has since been featured in several James Bond films. What famous sporting events are held in Monte Carlo? More...
This Day in History

RMS Lusitania Sunk by German U-Boat (1915)

The Lusitania was a British ocean liner that was sunk off the Irish coast—an area that the ship's crew had been warned to avoid—by a German U-boat during World War I. The ship's submersion took only 18 minutes, and nearly 1,200 people died. Many questions surround the incident, including why the ship sank so quickly, what caused a secondary explosion, and whether or not the vessel was transporting contraband munitions. What did dive teams recently reveal about the ship's cargo? More...
Today's Birthday

Eva Perón (1919)

Eva Perón was an actress who became a political and cultural icon as the wife of Argentine president Juan Perón. When Juan entered office in 1946, Eva became a powerful though unofficial political leader alongside her husband. Commonly known by the affectionate diminutive "Evita," she presided over the creation of a charitable foundation that gave the poor access to healthcare and built schools and whole communities for them. Why was Evita's corpse hidden for 16 years after her death? More...
Quotation of the Day
If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared.

Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527)

Idiom of the Day

stoop labour

Hard, physical labour requiring one to bend over, especially that which would be done on a farm. Primarily heard in UK. More...
Today's Holiday

Festa di San Nicola (2022)

The Festa di San Nicola (Festival of St. Nicholas) is celebrated in Italy on the anniversary of the transfer of the saint's relics by a group of 11th-century sailors from Bari. Thousands of pilgrims come to the Basilica of San Nicola in Bari, Puglia, to worship at the saint's tomb and to ask for his help. There is a procession on this day in which a group of Barese sailors take the saint's image down to the water, where it is placed on a flower-decked boat and taken out to sea. At night the statue is returned to its place of honor on the altar of San Nicola's crypt. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: mice

murine - Means "pertaining to mice or rodents." More...

muscle - Comes from Latin musculus, "little mouse," as the ancient Romans thought their muscles wriggled like mice. More...

mussel - Also gets its name from Latin musculus. More...

dormouse - A rodent but not a mouse, it may be a corrupted form of French dormeus, "sleepy." More...

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