Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, July 16, 2021)
Word of the Day

flippant

Definition:(adjective) Marked by disrespectful levity or casualness.
Synonyms:frivolous, irreverent, saucy, glib, pert, impertinent, impudent
Usage: When a sensible woman has a serious question put to her, and evades it by a flippant answer, it is a sure sign, in ninety-nine cases out of a hundred, that she has something to conceal.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Possessive Determiners

Possessive determiners, also known as possessive adjectives, are a class of determiners that are used to modify nouns to denote possession. We use a different possessive determiner to correspond with each personal pronoun. What are the main possessive determiners in English? More...
Article of the Day

Hans Island

Hans Island is located between Canada and Greenland in the strait that connects Baffin Bay to the Arctic Ocean. Used by the Inuit as a hunting ground for centuries, it was later found by 19th-century British and American explorers searching for the Northwest Passage and the North Pole. The island was named after Greenlander Hans Hendrik, the guide of American explorer Charles Francis Hall. Though it is just 0.5 sq mi (1.3 sq km) and is barren and uninhabited, it is claimed by what two countries? More...
This Day in History

Shoemaker-Levy 9 Comet Collides with Jupiter (1994)

In March 1993, astronomers Carolyn and Eugene Shoemaker and David Levy made the first observation of a comet orbiting a planet rather than the Sun. Sixteen months later, fragments of the comet collided with Jupiter's southern hemisphere, providing the first direct observation of the collision of two solar system objects. The impact left prominent scars that some said were more easily visible than the planet's Great Red Spot. How did the event highlight Jupiter's role as "cosmic vacuum cleaner"? More...
Today's Birthday

Trygve Lie (1896)

The United Nations was established in 1945, and Lie, a Norwegian politician, became its first Secretary General the next year. His role required that he take an active part in a variety of negotiations, but the Soviet Union ceased to cooperate with him after he supported UN intervention in the Korean War, and his effectiveness was further hampered by charges from anticommunist politicians in the US that his secretariat had employed subversives. What was the impetus for Lie's resignation in 1952? More...
Quotation of the Day
Shall a man go and hang himself because he belongs to the race of pygmies, and not be the biggest pygmy that he can? Let every one mind his own business, and endeavor to be what he was made.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Idiom of the Day

vertically challenged

Short; not tall in stature. (Pseudo-politically correct slang used for humorous effect.) More...
Today's Holiday

La Paz Day (2022)

Bolivia was officially established as an independent country on August 6, 1825, an event now commemorated each year on Bolivia Independence Day. The capital city of La Paz, however, celebrates its own Independence Day on July 16. The holiday commemorates the date in 1809 when Pedro Domingo Murillo led a revolt of mestizos, or those of mixed European and South American heritage, against the Spanish authorities. July 16 is now a municipal holiday in La Paz, and the day is celebrated with parades, concerts, fireworks, and dances. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: implied

subaudition - The act of understanding something that is implied but not overtly expressed; the act of reading between the lines or otherwise understanding a message that is implicit. More...

tacenda, tacit - Tacenda are things not to be mentioned or made public—things better left unsaid; tacit means "unspoken, silent" or "implied, inferred." More...

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