Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, June 13, 2020)
Word of the Day

buttery

Definition:(adjective) Unpleasantly and excessively suave or ingratiating in manner or speech.
Synonyms:fulsome, oleaginous, smarmy, unctuous, soapy, oily
Usage: John's buttery praise was getting him nowhere with our new boss, who was clearly astute enough to discern an attempt to curry favor.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Aspects of the Past Tense

We use different aspects with verbs in the past tense to describe exactly how an event is structured in relation to a point in time in the past. When is the past perfect continuous used? More...
Article of the Day

The Birdman of Easter Island

Tangata Manu, or "Birdman," was the title given to the winner of an annual ritual competition practiced by Easter Island natives up until Christian missionaries suppressed it in the 1860s. The object of the contest was the retrieval of the first sooty tern egg of the season from the cliffs of a rocky islet off the coast of the main island. The winner's clan received the right to collect that season's harvest of wild bird eggs, while the Birdman himself was afforded what privileges? More...
This Day in History

"The Cinderella Man" Becomes World Heavyweight Champion (1935)

For budding boxer James J. Braddock, 1929 was a bad year. The promising pugilist narrowly lost a 15-round championship fight and, months later, the Great Depression struck. Braddock, struggling to support his family and losing many more bouts than he won, eventually gave up boxing to work the docks. In 1934, he returned to the ring, and a year later, he landed a title shot against Max Baer. Braddock was a 10-to-1 underdog but won in a stunning upset. Who beat Braddock for the title in 1937? More...
Today's Birthday

Lucy Christiana, Lady Duff Gordon (1863)

A leading British fashion designer of the Edwardian era, Gordon made less restrictive clothing for women that she sold in her own "Lucile, Ltd." shops in London, Paris, Chicago, and New York. To promote her wares, she organized tea times when models would parade around in her designs, a precursor of the modern fashion show. Gordon was a passenger on the Titanic and survived its sinking by boarding Lifeboat 1 with her husband. What did the tabloids allege about their escape from the ship? More...
Quotation of the Day
I desire no future that will break the ties of the past.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

lightning quick

(hyphenated if used before a noun) Incredibly fast; too quick to keep up with. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of St. Anthony of Padua (2021)

St. Anthony of Padua (1195-1231) was born in Lisbon, Portugal, in 1195, and is the patron saint of Portugal. The festivities held here in his honor begin on the evening of June 12 with an impressive display of marchas, walking groups of singers and musicians, who parade along the Avenida da Liberdade. The celebration continues the next day with more processions and traditional folk dancing. Another custom of the day is for a young man to present the girl he hopes to marry with a pot of basil concealing a verse or love letter. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: pod

pod - A group of whales (or seals or dolphins), or a small flock of birds. More...

boll weevil - From Old English wifel, "beetle," and boll, the pod of the cotton plant, which this beetle attacks. More...

chalice - From Latin calix, "cup," and Greek kalux, "pod." More...

vanilla - Once thought to be an aphrodisiac because its pod resembled the vagina; its name comes from the Spanish for "little vagina." More...

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