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

Ending Exclamatory Sentences

Exclamation points are most often used in place of periods to end declarative sentences that express a very strong emotion, such as anger, excitement, surprise, or disgust. What are such sentences sometimes called? 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

Nuremberg Laws Deprive German Jews of Citizenship and Civil Rights (1935)

Enacted in the early years of Adolf Hitler's rule, the Nuremberg Laws stripped Jews of German citizenship, prohibited them from marrying non-Jews, and forbade them to hire non-Jewish domestic servants. Supplementary decrees laid down the criteria for determining exactly who was legally Jewish. Punishments for violating the laws included fines, hard labor, and even death. Three years after the laws were announced, another law required Jews to adopt what middle names? More...
Today's Birthday

William Howard Taft (1857)

An extremely large, easygoing man, Taft was said to have not really wanted to be US president. In 1908, he was elected anyway, having already served as solicitor general, appellate judge, secretary of war, and governor of the Philippines. His split with former president Theodore Roosevelt, who consequently ran for office again, cost them both the 1912 election. Taft later served as chief justice of the Supreme Court. He was the last president to have what physical characteristic? 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

let me tell you

Used to emphasize a statement. More...
Today's Holiday

Nicaragua Independence Day (2020)

Nicaragua shares its Independence Day with four other Central American countries—Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras— all of which declared their independence from Spain on September 15, 1821. There is a parade in the capital city of Managua, and the president and other public officials give speeches. Nicaraguans also celebrate Independence Day by attending cockfights and bullfights. But unlike bullfights in other countries, the Nicaraguan matador does not kill the bull. Instead, he tries to mount it and ride it rodeo-style. 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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