Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, August 12, 2016)
Word of the Day

pedicab

Definition:(noun) A tricycle (usually propelled by pedaling); used in the Orient for transporting passengers for hire.
Synonyms:cycle rickshaw
Usage: Boys who once pulled rickshaws now pedal pedicabs.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Making a Noun Masculine

Nouns that are, were, or can be distinguished between feminine and masculine genders are often masculine in their basic form. Masculine nouns tend to end in what two suffixes? More...
Article of the Day

Copito de Nieve

The most popular resident of the Barcelona Zoo during his life, Copito de Nieve was an albino Western Lowland Gorilla—the only known albino gorilla. Originally captured in 1966 in what is now Equatorial Guinea, where he was called Nfumu Ngi, or "White Gorilla," he later gained fame as Copito de Nieve, Spanish for "Snowflake," a nickname given to him by National Geographic magazine. During his nearly 40 years in captivity, Snowflake fathered 22 offspring. How many survived to adulthood? More...
This Day in History

Isaac Singer Granted Patent for Sewing Machine (1851)

Before the advent of the sewing machine, sewing was a laborious task. Singer's 1851 sewing machine patent made him a very rich man. Several other people laid claim to having invented the sewing machine, notably Elias Howe, who won a lawsuit against Singer for infringement. Nevertheless, Singer's company was already well established and was able to pool its patents with other claimants to avoid litigation. At times, Singer used alternate names to accomplish what scandalous feat? More...
Today's Birthday

Ross and Norris McWhirter (1925)

In 1954, a few years after identical twins Norris and Ross McWhirter founded a London fact-finding agency, they met a director of the Guinness brewing company, Sir Hugh Beaver, who commissioned a compilation of world records that was intended to settle bar-room disputes. The first edition of the McWhirters' Guinness Book of Records was given to bars for free as a marketing gimmick, but the book quickly became a phenomenal success. In 1975, Ross was assassinated. Why? More...
Quotation of the Day
The desire of power in excess caused the angels to fall; the desire of knowledge in excess caused man to fall.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

by hell or high water

By any means necessary; regardless of any difficulty, problem, or obstacle. More...
Today's Holiday

Santa Fe Opera Festival (2020)

The internationally acclaimed Santa Fe Opera Festival began in 1957 and survived the burning of the opera house in 1967. It is now staged in an open-air opera "house" atop a mesa outside Santa Fe, New Mexico. The Gala Opening Celebration includes an Opera Ball to benefit apprentice programs for young artists, and, on opening night, a festive reception, tailgate parties (with tablecloths and caviar and people in formal dress) and, after the performance, waltzing for the entire audience. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: poor

cacography - Bad handwriting or poor spelling. More...

illegible, unreadable - Illegible refers to bad handwriting, while unreadable refers to poor writing. More...

heterography, inorthography - Incorrect or poor spelling is heterography or inorthography. More...

penurious - A synonym for "poor, in need." More...

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