Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, July 30, 2020)
Word of the Day

higgledy-piggledy

Definition:(adjective) In utter disorder.
Synonyms:hugger-mugger, jumbled, topsy-turvy, disorderly
Usage: My mother ordered me to straighten up my room and get rid of the higgledy-piggledy piles of clothing littering my floor.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Relative Adverbs

Relative adverbs, like relative pronouns, introduce relative clauses that modify a noun or a noun phrase. However, while relative pronouns (such as "that," "which," or "who") are used to relate information to a person or a thing, relative adverbs ("where," "when," and "why") are used when the information relates to what? More...
Article of the Day

The Gang of Four

The Gang of Four was an alliance of four Chinese political officials who rose to prominence during the Cultural Revolution but were later imprisoned for implementing the harsh policies of Mao Zedong, fomenting widespread civil unrest, and attempting to seize power. They had the youthful Red Guard persecute intellectuals and suppress a wide variety of traditional cultural activities. A month after Mao's death in 1976, the four were arrested. Among them was Mao's third wife. What happened to her? More...
This Day in History

Medicare and Medicaid Are Established (1965)

The Social Security Act of 1935 established national social insurance, welfare, and other assistance programs in the US, but it did not address healthcare. Years later, President Harry Truman drew attention to this issue when he unsuccessfully lobbied for the establishment of a national healthcare program. By the 1960s, the political climate was more open to reform, and the Social Security Act amendments creating Medicare and Medicaid were passed. What is the difference between the two programs? More...
Today's Birthday

Smedley Darlington Butler (1881)

Born to a Quaker family in Pennsylvania, Butler joined the US Marines as a teenager. He was decorated for bravery and leadership and advanced through the ranks, but after retiring, he became a proponent of isolationism and an outspoken critic of the government. He believed that he and the military had been used to further the business interests of wealthy Americans under the pretense of defending the country. According to legend, whose long-lost amputated arm did Butler once locate? More...
Quotation of the Day
One soweth and another reapeth is a verity that applies to evil as well as good.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

hurler on the ditch

A person who offers unsolicited criticism or advice about something in which he or she is not an active participant. Taken from the sport of hurling, a player of which is a hurler. Primarily heard in Ireland. More...
Today's Holiday

Jhulan Yatra (2020)

A Hindu festival honoring Lord Jagannatha, Jhulan Yatra is observed in Orissa and Bengal, and the grandest celebration takes place at the Temple of Jagannath in the Orissa town of Puri. Jhulan Yatra means "swing festival" in Hindi, a reference to the ornately decorated contraption that is specially built to hold the idols of Jagannath and his lover, Radha. Over the course of several nights during the festival, people gather at nighttime to perform songs and dances before the idols. This ritual, known as the raslila, dramatizes scenes from Krishna's life. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: oak

rambunctious - Once rumbustious and robusteous, it is probably based on Latin robus, "oak"—implying strength—and can describe a person or animal. More...

robust - Comes from Latin meaning "oak" and "oaken." More...

tan - From a Latin word for "oak," it first referred to the crushed bark of the oak or other trees, especially in its use to convert hides into leather. More...

tree - Part of a large Indo-European group based on deru/doru-, "oak." More...

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