Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, August 12, 2021)
Word of the Day

gargantuan

Definition:(adjective) Of immense size, volume, or capacity; gigantic.
Synonyms:elephantine, giant, jumbo
Usage: He was full to capacity after polishing off a gargantuan, five-course meal.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Speech

Grammatical speech refers to how we report something another person said. Depending on how we do this, we sometimes have to inflect the verbs that we use. Speech is usually divided between what two types? More...
Article of the Day

Whale Falls

Whale carcasses that have sunk to the sea floor are known in the scientific community as whale falls. Around them spring up complex localized ecosystems, which feed off the rich sustenance they provide for decades. The phenomenon was accidentally discovered in 1987 by a team of University of Hawaii oceanographers, who were exploring the ocean depths with a robotic submersible. Many previously unknown species have since been discovered at whale falls. Which organisms thrive in this environment? More...
This Day in History

Russian Submarine K-141 Kursk Sinks in Barents Sea (2000)

While completing naval exercises with dummy torpedoes on August 12, 2000, the Russian submarine Kursk suffered two explosions two minutes and 15 seconds apart. The second explosion registered about a 3.5 on the Richter scale. The blasts destroyed the front hull, and all 118 crew members died. It was initially believed that the entire crew died quickly. However, what evidence later suggested that some survived in another area of the submarine for about four hours after the explosions? More...
Today's Birthday

James Buchanan "Diamond Jim" Brady (1856)

Financier and philanthropist "Diamond Jim" Brady exemplified the American Dream. He started out as a bellboy and messenger before getting a job with the New York Central Railroad and then working his way up through the industry, eventually amassing a fortune selling railroad supplies. With his newfound wealth, he indulged in his two greatest weaknesses: food—one restaurant owner reportedly called him "the best 25 customers I ever had"—and jewels. What was supposedly a typical meal for Brady? More...
Quotation of the Day
November, n.: The eleventh twelfth of a weariness.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

(one's) lucky day

A particular day or moment in one's life when one experiences extremely good luck, fortune, or favor. More...
Today's Holiday

The Glorious Twelfth (2021)

August 12 is the legal opening of grouse season in Scotland. If the 12th falls on a Sunday, Grouse Day is the following day. Because grouse-shooting has always played such a central role in the life of Scottish gentlemen, the occasion is referred to as the Glorious Twelfth and is observed as a social event by Scots around the world. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: interchangeable

although, though - Although and though are interchangeable as conjunctions, but to start a clause, use although. More...

fungible - Interchangeable, returnable, or easily replaced. More...

convertible - If terms are interchangeable or synonymous, they are convertible. More...

inalienable, unalienable - Inalienable and unalienable are interchangeable for "unable to be taken away from or given away by the possessor." More...

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