Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, June 9, 2020)
Word of the Day

itty-bitty

Definition:(adjective) (Informal) Very small.
Synonyms:teensy-weensy
Usage: These itty-bitty computer processors are surprisingly powerful.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Compound-Complex Sentences

Compound-complex sentences are made up of two independent clauses and one or more dependent clauses. In a compound-complex sentence, how is the complex independent clause joined to the other independent clause? More...
Article of the Day

Hungry Enough to Eat an Elephant (or Two)

Castor and Pollux were two elephants, possibly siblings, who were killed and eaten by the besieged citizens of Paris in 1870. During the course of the Franco-Prussian war, German forces surrounded Paris and cut off its supply lines. Food stores dwindled, and within months, most of city's horses, dog, and cats had been consumed. In desperation, butchers turned to the city’s zoos. The antelopes, camels, yaks, and zebras went first. Finally, it was the elephants’ turn. How did they taste? More...
This Day in History

Secretariat Wins the Triple Crown (1973)

Thoroughbred racehorse Secretariat was the first US Triple Crown champion in 25 years, setting records in the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes that still stand today. In fact, in the 40 years since, only one Derby winner has even come close to matching Secretariat's time of 1:59.40. Secretariat advanced from last to first to win the Preakness and won the Belmont Stakes by an unprecedented 31 lengths. What controversy arose regarding the time calculations of the 1973 Preakness? More...
Today's Birthday

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson (1836)

Anderson was the first licensed female physician, as well as the first female mayor, in England. Denied admission by many medical schools, she studied privately with physicians before finally earning a license from the Scottish Society of Apothecaries. Largely as a result of her efforts, British examining boards later opened their examinations to women. Anderson championed the idea of medical care by female doctors for female patients. What was her New Hospital for Women later renamed? More...
Quotation of the Day
Where large sums of money are concerned, it is advisable to trust nobody.

Agatha Christie (1890-1976)

Idiom of the Day

let's not and say (that) we did

A sarcastic expression indicating that one would really rather not do what has been proposed. More...
Today's Holiday

Black Music Month (2021)

Black Music Month is observed in June each year in the United States. Created by music executives Kenny Gable and Ed Wright as a way to celebrate and promote black music, the special designation has been proclaimed each year since 1979 by the president. At the White House in Washington, D.C., a concert and reception is held each year that features various genres of African-American music, including R&B, jazz, blues, and hip hop. Throughout the country, public and private organizations host numerous educational programs and cultural festivals recognizing the achievements of black musicians. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: shed

train shed - A large structure sheltering tracks and platforms of a railroad station. More...

hangar - Simply meant "shed" for carriages when it came into English. More...

shebang - May come from an Irish name for a speakeasy—shebeen—so the "whole shebeen" was the whole drinking establishment; shebang also first meant "hut, shed, dwelling." More...

shoding, shed - The part in a person's hair is the shoding or shed. More...

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