Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, September 14, 2020)
Word of the Day

ho-hum

Definition:(adjective) So lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness.
Synonyms:boring, deadening, irksome, tedious, tiresome, wearisome, dull, slow
Usage: Lectures on human psychology always pique my interest, but this ho-hum speaker put me right to sleep.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Phrases

Grammatical phrases are groups of two or more words that work together to perform a single grammatical function in a sentence. What is an appositive phrase? More...
Article of the Day

The Rorschach Inkblot Test

Invented by Swiss psychiatrist Hermann Rorschach, the Rorschach test requires subjects to interpret a series of 10 standard inkblots. Their responses are then analyzed as an indication of personality traits, preoccupations, and conflicts. Though the test is still widely used, its objectivity and reliability are disputed, in part because the images themselves and the most common interpretations of them have been made available to the public. What is the first image most often said to look like? More...
This Day in History

First Man-Made Object Reaches the Moon (1959)

In the early years of space exploration, the US and USSR launched numerous probes in their race to explore outer space and the Moon in particular. The first probes were intended either to pass very close to the Moon—performing a flyby—or crash directly into it—a maneuver known as a hard landing. The Soviets were the first to succeed in the latter objective. Luna 2 impacted the lunar surface on September 14, 1959. What did Premier Nikita Khrushchev present to the US president the next day? More...
Today's Birthday

Jan Masaryk (1886)

Masaryk, a diplomat and politician in newly independent Czechoslovakia, was named ambassador to Britain in 1925. Following the German occupation of Czechoslovakia, he became foreign minister of the Czech government in exile in London. He supported cooperation with the Soviet Union and maintained his post after the Communist takeover of Czechoslovakia in 1948. Two weeks later, Masaryk was found dead outside his window in the Foreign Ministry. What are the conflicting explanations for his death? More...
Quotation of the Day
I know that everything beautiful attracts love, but I cannot see how, by reason of being loved, that which is loved for its beauty is bound to love that which loves it.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

catch (the) headlines

To be featured on the headlines of news articles, as due to being particularly important, popular, fashionable, etc. More...
Today's Holiday

Día de los Charros (2021)

Today's Mexican charros are more sportsmen than cowboys or ranchers. On September 14, the day before the Mexico Festival of Independence, many of the charro associations organize parades and rodeos. The jaripeo, or rodeo, generally consists of 10 or more events involving special horse-handling skills and exhibitions of various tricks. Perhaps the most difficult trick is the paso de la muerte (death's pass), in which the charro pursues a wild horse, switching from his own horse's saddle to the back of the wild horse at full gallop. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: pursuit

dachshund - German for "badger hound," from its original breeding purpose to pursue a badger (etc.) that has taken refuge in a burrow. More...

invite - Comes from Latin invitare, from an Indo-European root meaning "to go after something, pursue with vigor, desire." More...

logology - The pursuit of word puzzles; also the science of words. More...

sue - From Latin sequi, "follow," it first meant "follow, go in pursuit of." More...

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