Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, June 22, 2018)
Word of the Day

shenanigan

Definition:(noun) Reckless or malicious behavior that causes discomfort or annoyance in others.
Synonyms:mischief, devilment, roguery, devilry, mischievousness, rascality
Usage: Mr. Jones had had enough of Billy's shenanigans and sent him to the principal's office in the hopes that she would be able to straighten the unruly student out.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Question Marks

Question marks ( ? ) are used to identify sentences that ask a question (technically known as interrogative sentences). What are indirect questions? More...
Article of the Day

Lilith

Likely derived from the Assyrian storm demon Lilitu, Lilith is a female demon of Jewish mythology. In rabbinic literature, she is acknowledged as either Adam's first wife or the mother of his demonic offspring after he separated from Eve outside of Eden. Talmudic sources describe Lilith as a nocturnal creature with many evil attributes, while Jewish folklore paints her as the incarnation of sensual lust and a vampire-like child-killer. What item is said to protect newborn boys from Lilith? More...
This Day in History

Cuyahoga River Catches Fire (1969)

Famously described in a Time magazine article as a river that "oozes rather than flows" and a waterway in which a person "does not drown but decays," Ohio's Cuyahoga River used to be so heavily polluted that it actually caught fire—on more than one occasion. The river fire of 1969, which received national media attention, helped spur the environmental movement of the late 1960s and prompted the creation of the US Environmental Protection Agency. When else has the river caught fire? More...
Today's Birthday

George Vancouver (1757)

Vancouver was an English navigator and explorer who sailed on Captain James Cook's second and third voyages. In 1791, he set out for the northwest coast of America, traveling east. He rounded the Cape of Good Hope, explored the coasts of Australia and New Zealand, and visited Tahiti and the Hawaiian Islands. He then reached the American coast and surveyed it for three years. In the course of his journeys, he circumnavigated the island that now bears his name. What was it originally called? More...
Quotation of the Day
One of the new things people began to find out in the last century was that thoughts—just mere thoughts—are as powerful as electric batteries—as good for one as sunlight is, or as bad for one as poison.

Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849-1924)

Idiom of the Day

this, that, and the other

Miscellany; a lot of different, varying things. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Alban's Day (2022)

St. Alban is the first and best known of all the English saints and martyrs. He was a soldier living as a pagan in the town of Verulamium, probably during the 3rd century, when a Christian priest named Amphibalus, pursued by Roman persecutors, begged for refuge in his house. Alban took him in and was soon converted by him and baptized. When he could conceal Amphibalus no longer, Alban changed clothes with him and gave himself up as the priest. Alban was brought before the governor, condemned, and beheaded. A shrine was later erected in Verulamium, and the town was renamed St. Albans. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: movie

art movie - A movie intended to be an artistic work rather than a commercial movie of mass appeal. More...

longueurs - Boring periods of time or parts of a book, play, music, or movie are longueurs. More...

horse opera - A slang term for a western (movie). More...

vamp - Theda Bara's performance in the movie The Vampire brought us this word, meaning "seductive woman." More...

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