Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, August 24, 2018)
Word of the Day

self-abasement

Definition:(noun) Degradation or humiliation of oneself, especially because of feelings of guilt or inferiority.
Synonyms:self-mortification, penance
Usage: "Let them break my heart if they like," she had thought to herself, in the self-abasement of that bitter moment; "it will be no more than I have deserved."
Daily Grammar Lesson

Personal Pronouns - Number

Grammatical number in English simply means whether something or someone is singular or plural—i.e. whether there is one (singular) or more than one (plural). For nouns, we usually just add an "-s" to the end of the word to signify that it is plural. Why can't the same be done to pronouns? More...
Article of the Day

The History of Kleenex

Since 1924, "Kleenex" has been the trademarked brand name of facial tissues manufactured by Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc. The global popularity of the product, originally marketed to the public as a cold cream remover and later, in the 1930s, as a disposable handkerchief, has led consumers to use the Kleenex name when referring to any tissue, regardless of brand. In what country had another form of tissue been used for centuries before Kleenex appeared? More...
This Day in History

Pete Rose Is Banned from Baseball (1989)

During his 24-year baseball career, Rose played in more games and got more hits than any player in history. Even so, the onetime Most Valuable Player could not avoid a lifetime ban from the sport after being accused of betting on baseball games—including those of his own team. In return for not having the charges formally proven, Rose accepted the banishment, which rendered him ineligible for induction into baseball's Hall of Fame. However, he later spent five months in federal prison—for what? More...
Today's Birthday

Sir Henry Maximilian Beerbohm (1872)

A charming, witty, and elegant English caricaturist and writer, Beerbohm used his pen to parody whatever was pretentious, affected, or absurd in his famous and fashionable contemporaries. His works include A Christmas Garland, a collection of parodies on such authors as Joseph Conrad and Thomas Hardy; Zuleika Dobson, an amusing satire on Oxford and his only novel; and Caricatures of Twenty-five Gentlemen, his first book of drawings. Who dubbed him "the incomparable Max"? More...
Quotation of the Day
There's enough sorrow in the world, isn't there, without trying to invent it.

E. M. Forster (1879-1970)

Idiom of the Day

make a wide stride

To make great and rapid progress or advancement. More...
Today's Holiday

Liberia Flag Day (2021)

The Liberian flag bears a striking resemblance to the American flag, a reminder of the historical ties between this West African country and the United States. Eleven horizontal stripes represent the signers of the Liberian Declaration of Independence, while the single white star signifies Liberia's former position as the sole free black state in Africa. Flag Day, a patriotic day paying homage to Liberia's national emblem, is an official public holiday. Citizens and public buildings display their flags, and parades often feature schoolchildren and military units. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: leftovers

pick-up, pick-up dinner - A pick-up or pick-up dinner is one made up of leftovers. More...

ort, orts - An ort is a morsel or remaining scrap; orts is another name for leftovers. More...

leftover, relic, relief - Before leftovers were called leftovers, they were called relics, and, before that, relief. More...

gallimaufry - A medley or confused jumble, especially a dish made of leftovers, from French gallimaufry, "ragout, hash." More...

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