Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, August 14, 2017)
Word of the Day

stoop

Definition:(verb) Debase oneself morally, act in an undignified, unworthy, or dishonorable way.
Synonyms:condescend, lower oneself
Usage: The neighborhood bully constantly shouts insults at the children, but they refuse to stoop to his level and instead choose to ignore his rude remarks.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Modal Auxiliary Verbs - Should

The modal verb "should" is used in a variety of ways, including to politely express obligations or duties and to ask for or issue advice. Why is "should" sometimes used instead of "will" or "shall"? More...
Article of the Day

The Cluttered Lives of the Collyer Brothers

American brothers Homer and Langley Collyer lived as hermits in their New York City home before being found dead in 1947, surrounded by more than 100 tons of rubbish amassed over several decades. Their uncontrolled collecting is often cited as a prime example of the hoarding behavior associated with obsessive-compulsive disorder. Among the clutter were 14 pianos, pickled human organs, and the chassis of an old car, with booby-traps set up to protect against intruders. How did the men die? More...
This Day in History

Northeast Blackout of 2003 Begins (2003)

Caused by a cascading failure of more than 100 power plants originating in Ohio, the Northeast Blackout of 2003 was the largest power outage in North American history, affecting around 50 million people in eight US states and Ontario, Canada. The power outage began just after 4 PM and brought traffic and public transportation to a standstill, leaving many commuters stranded. Power was not fully restored until August 16. What band performed as scheduled in NYC's Central Park despite the blackout? More...
Today's Birthday

Wim Wenders (1945)

Wenders is a German filmmaker who earned international acclaim for his documentary Buena Vista Social Club, featuring elderly Cuban musicians. He first attracted attention with The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick, a film whose themes of alienation and rootlessness are echoed in his other works. Paris, Texas was his first truly successful feature and earned him the top prize at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival. Wenders has also directed music videos for what popular band? More...
Quotation of the Day
I describe not men, but manners; not an individual, but a species.

Henry Fielding (1707-1754)

Idiom of the Day

yell silently

To think angry thoughts without verbalizing them. More...
Today's Holiday

Torta dei Fieschi (2022)

When Count Fieschi of Lavagna in Genoa, Italy, was married in 1240, he invited his guests—and everyone else in town—to share a cake that was more than 30 feet high. The citizens of Lavagna haven't forgotten his generosity, and each year they celebrate the event on August 14. Dressed in costumes, they parade to the town square, where they pin to their clothes a piece of paper (blue for men, white for women) on which a word is written. When they find someone wearing the same word, the couple is given a piece of "Fieschi's cake." More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: trunk

billet - A civilian house where soldiers are lodged temporarily; a billet is also a thick piece of wood, from Latin billa/billus, "branch, trunk." More...

trunk - As a box or chest, it was originally made from a tree trunk. More...

bole - Another name for the trunk of a tree. More...

stocky - A derivative of stock, which first meant "trunk, block of wood," in Old English. More...

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