Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, August 6, 2018)
Word of the Day

snobbish

Definition:(adjective) Befitting or characteristic of those who incline to social exclusiveness and who rebuff the advances of people considered inferior.
Synonyms:cliquish, snobby, clannish, clubby
Usage: I expected Susan, the daughter of a multimillionaire, to be snobbish, but she was actually warm and friendly.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Brackets

Brackets ( [ ] ), sometimes known as square brackets, are usually used within quoted speech to indicate that a writer has added material to the quotation. What are the different types of brackets? More...
Article of the Day

Boycotts

Principally used by labor organizations to win improved wages and working conditions or by consumers to pressure companies to change their practices, boycotts can be employed in many ways. Though use of the method dates back further, the practice was named in 1880 for Captain Charles Cunningham Boycott, an English land agent in Ireland whose ruthlessness in evicting tenants led his employees to refuse all cooperation with him and his family. What type of boycott is illegal in the US? More...
This Day in History

End of the Holy Roman Empire: Francis II Abdicates (1806)

Francis II, the last Holy Roman Emperor, came to power just before the outbreak of war with Napoleon's France. His armies were defeated, and he ceded the left bank of the Rhine to France in exchange for Venetia and Dalmatia. In 1798, he joined the Second Coalition against France, but he was again defeated. He eventually consented to the virtual dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire and assumed the title of emperor of Austria. Though he despised Napoleon, Francis allowed him to marry whom? More...
Today's Birthday

Alexander Fleming (1881)

Motivated by the devastating infections he saw in hospitals during World War I, Fleming, a Scottish bacteriologist, began searching for an effective antiseptic. In 1922, he discovered lysozyme, an antibacterial enzyme present in saliva and tears. In 1928, he isolated the substance penicillin, which became the first successful antibiotic for human bacterial infections. His work earned him a Nobel Prize and has forever changed modern medicine. In what accidental way did he discover penicillin? More...
Quotation of the Day
When I talk of eyes, the stars come out! Whose eyes are they? If they are angels' eyes, why do they look down here and see good men hurt, and only wink and sparkle all the night?

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Idiom of the Day

without a care in the world

Having no concerns or worries. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of the Transfiguration (2022)

As described in the first three Gospels, Jesus took his three closest disciples to a mountaintop to pray. While he was praying, his face shone like the sun and his garments became glistening white. Then a bright cloud came over them, and a voice from within the cloud said, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him." This feast is observed by Roman Catholics, Orthodox Christians, Lutherans, and Anglicans. The mountaintop on which the Transfiguration took place is traditionally believed to be Mount Tabor, a few miles east of Nazareth in Galilee. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: weigh

dispense - Ultimately from Latin dispendere, "weigh out." More...

expend - Comes from ex-, "out," and pendere, "weigh; pay"; originally, it referred to spending money, with the root sense being "to weigh out money." More...

preponderate - Once meant "weigh more" and "have greater intellectual weight." More...

spend - A blend of Latin pendere, "pay, weigh," and expendere, "pay out." More...

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