Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, August 17, 2020)
Word of the Day

fallacious

Definition:(adjective) Intended to deceive.
Synonyms:deceitful, fraudulent
Usage: In his closing argument, the prosecutor entreated the jurors not to fall for the defendant's fallacious testimony.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Adverbs

An adverb refers to any element in a sentence used to modify a verb, adjective, another adverb, or even an entire clause. What is an adverbial? More...
Article of the Day

Median Lethal Dose

In toxicology, a median lethal dose is the quantity of an agent that will kill, within a specified time period, 50 percent of the individuals in a given population. The median lethal dose of a substance is often cited as a measure of how acutely toxic a substance is and is expressed as the amount of substance per kilogram of bodyweight. For instance, the median lethal dose of dioxin is .02 milligrams per kilogram of bodyweight in rats. How much table sugar is considered a median lethal dose? More...
This Day in History

Leo Frank Lynched (1915)

Frank was a Jewish-American factory manager accused of murdering his employee, 13-year-old Mary Phagan, in 1913. Frank was convicted, but when Governor John M. Slaton examined evidence that had not been presented at the trial, he commuted Frank's death sentence. In the public outrage that followed, a group with ties to the Ku Klux Klan kidnapped and lynched Frank. The highly publicized ordeal turned the spotlight on anti-Semitism in the US. Frank's trial led to the founding of what organization? More...
Today's Birthday

Davy Crockett (1786)

Crockett was a celebrated 19th-century American folk hero, frontiersman, soldier, and politician. After serving in the War of 1812, Crockett was elected to the Tennessee legislature and later won three terms in the US House of Representatives. Though his dress, language, and backwoods wit gained him popularity, he failed to win reelection in 1835 and left for Texas, where he died at the age of 49 in the Battle of the Alamo. What caused a resurgence in Crockett's popularity in the 1950s? More...
Quotation of the Day
We should regret our mistakes and learn from them, but never carry them forward into the future with us.

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942)

Idiom of the Day

you've got me

I don't know the answer to your question. More...
Today's Holiday

Gabon Independence Day (2022)

Gabon gained official independence from France on August 17, 1960, after more than a century of domination. August 17 is a public holiday, but celebrations often extend to the days before and after Independence Day, with parades and dancing. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: plate

assiette - A prepared dish of food, French for "plate, course of a meal." More...

dish, plate - Dish is a more general term and plate is more specialized. More...

plate - Etymologically, something "flat," from Latin plattus, "flat," and Greek platys, "broad." More...

placard - Comes from French plaquier, "to plate; lay flat." More...

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