Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, September 15, 2019)
Word of the Day

cross-grained

Definition:(adjective) Difficult to deal with.
Synonyms:contrarious
Usage: Gabriel Grub was an ill-conditioned, cross-grained, surly fellow—a morose and lonely man, who consorted with nobody but himself.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Dependent Clauses

A dependent clause (also called a subordinate clause) is a clause that relies on the information from an independent clause to form a complete, logical thought. What are dependent words? More...
Article of the Day

Tollund Man

Tollund Man is the naturally mummified corpse of a man who lived around the 4th century BCE. He was found in 1950 in a peat bog on the Jutland Peninsula in Denmark. His head and face were so well-preserved by the bog that he was mistaken at the time of the discovery for a recent murder victim. He wore a sheepskin cap, his hair was cropped very short, and stubble on his chin and upper lip indicated that he had not shaved on the day of his death. How did this man end up dead in the bog? More...
This Day in History

USA Today Founded (1982)

USA Today was founded as an alternative to the typical newspaper. Initially considered gimmicky, it gradually improved its reputation and increased its circulation and advertising revenues, a particularly impressive feat as few papers were experiencing growth at the time. The features that originally set it apart—colorful graphics, brief stories, and a focus on sports and celebrity—have been adopted by various other papers. With what newspaper does it vie for widest circulation in the US? More...
Today's Birthday

Porfirio Díaz (1830)

Díaz supported Benito Juárez in Mexico's war against the French, but when he lost to Juárez in the 1871 presidential election, Díaz charged fraud and led a revolt. After losing again in 1876, he led another revolt and became president. Though his rule was ruthless, it saw financial stability and the expansion of railroads and telegraph lines. The Mexican Revolution was launched in 1910 to end his dictatorship, and he fled to Europe and died in exile. As a teen, what had Díaz trained to become? More...
Quotation of the Day
There was an immeasurable distance between the quick and the dead: they did not seem to belong to the same species; and it was strange to think that but a little while before they had spoken and moved and eaten and laughed.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

break into a smile

To start smiling. More...
Today's Holiday

Guatemala Independence Day (2022)

This is the day on which Guatemala won its independence from Spain in 1821. It is a public holiday during which the buildings in Guatemala City are draped in blue-and-white bunting, and there are parades with schoolchildren marching to the music of military bands. A popular holiday pastime is watching La Conquista (The Conquest), a traditional dance where the dancers, in wooden masks and red wigs, reenact the conquest of the Mayan Indians by the Spanish soldier Pedro de Alvarado. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: reply

riposte - A counterstroke, such as a snappy retort, from Italian riposta, "reply, response." More...

antapology - The reply to an apology, such as "That's all right." More...

irrespondence - People not answering your e-mails? That's irrespondence! (Failure to reply.) More...

rescribe - To write in reply. More...

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