Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, July 26, 2018)
Word of the Day

straight-out

Definition:(adjective) Without reservation or exception.
Synonyms:outright, unlimited
Usage: Bob's excuse for missing work was a straight-out lie, and his boss knew this and fired him for it.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Modal Auxiliary Verbs - May

The modal verb "may" is used to ask, grant, or describe permission, and to politely offer to do something for someone, among other things. Why is "can't" more commonly used in questions than "may not"? More...
Article of the Day

Inhalants

The practice of inhaling common, inexpensive household products such as glue, solvents, hair spray, or gasoline in order to induce a sense of euphoria is a global problem, particularly among teens. Headaches, vomiting, and a characteristic rash around the nose and mouth are associated with short-term inhalant abuse, while weight loss, disorientation, muscle weakness, irritability, depression, and death can result from long-term use. What are some of the ways that "huffing" can lead to death? More...
This Day in History

The Short Creek Raid (1953)

Before dawn on July 26, 1953, more than 100 Arizona state police officers and National Guard soldiers entered Short Creek, home to about 400 Mormon fundamentalists, many of whom illegally practiced polygamy. Almost the whole community was arrested, and 263 children were seized from their parents. Arizona's governor described it as a "police action against insurrection," but the raid drew widespread criticism. Community members knew the raid was coming. What were they doing when officers arrived? More...
Today's Birthday

Jane "Jinny" Bunford (1895)

Standing well over seven and a half feet tall, Bunford was twice recognized during her lifetime as the tallest person in the world. She is also believed to have had the longest hair, at 8 ft 1 in (2.5 m) long. Though she died in 1922, she was featured in the 1971 Guinness Book of World Records after her skeleton was discovered on display at Birmingham University. Bunford's height likely resulted from her pituitary gland secreting excessive growth hormones after what childhood accident? More...
Quotation of the Day
Thus do I counsel you, my friends: distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful!

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

Idiom of the Day

Were you born in a tent?

Have you no basic manners? (Usually said after someone has left open a door to the outside.) More...
Today's Holiday

St. Anne's Day (2022)

In 1650, a group of Breton sailors built a tiny frame church at the place where the town of Beaupré, Quebec, Canada, now stands. They wanted to honor St. Anne, the traditional name for the mother of the Virgin Mary and wife of Joachim or St. Joseph. The pilgrimage to her shrine in Beaupré is one of the major pilgrimages on the North American continent; Romanies from Canada and the United States also arrive to celebrate Santana ("St. Anna"). They camp on the church property, prepare a slava feast of special foods for and prayers to St. Anne, and visit their families. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: notice

advertisement - From advertir, Old French for "to notice," and ultimately from Latin advertere, "to turn toward." More...

emit, emission, emissary - Emit, emission, and emissary come from Latin emittere, "send out," and emit once meant "publish a book or notice." More...

notable, noticeable - Notable means "worthy of notice" and noticeable means "readily observed." More...

remark - From an intensified French word marquer, "observe, notice," i.e. "making a verbal observation." More...

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