Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, September 21, 2016)
Word of the Day

pyrexia

Definition:(noun) Fever.
Synonyms:febricity, febrility, feverishness
Usage: His pyrexia made the doctors nervous, and they immersed him in a bath of ice water to bring down his body temperature.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Substituting Modal Verbs

Modal auxiliary verbs can be quite similar in how they are used, and it is sometimes unclear when it is appropriate to use one instead of another. For instance, "will," "can," "could," and "would" can all be used to make a request of someone, with differing degrees of what? More...
Article of the Day

Follow the Lady

Known by a number of names, including Follow the Lady and Follow the Bee, three-card monte is a confidence game in which victims, or marks, are tricked into betting that they can find a certain card, such as the queen of spades, among three face-down playing cards. After showing the target card, the dealer often uses sleight of hand before rearranging the cards quickly and giving the player an opportunity to select one of the three cards. What happens if the mark unexpectedly finds the queen? More...
This Day in History

The Brief Battle of Prestonpans (1745)

England's King James II may have been deposed in the Glorious Revolution of 1688, but he was not without supporters. These supporters, the Jacobites, spent the next six decades unsuccessfully fighting to restore him—and, later, his descendants—to the throne. Their final major attempt, the Forty-five Rebellion, began auspiciously for the House of Stuart, with a victory at Prestonpans, Scotland. The battle was won in mere minutes. How many casualties did the government troops suffer in that time? More...
Today's Birthday

John Loudon McAdam (1756)

McAdam was a Scottish engineer who invented a process called "macadamization." After noting the poor condition of the highways near his estate, he recommended that roads be raised above the adjacent ground for good drainage and then covered, first with large stones then with small stones, and bound with fine gravel. It was perhaps the greatest advance in road construction since Roman times and became known as "tarmac," short for "tarmacadam." What was the first macadam road in North America? More...
Quotation of the Day
Bigotry may be roughly defined as the anger of men who have no opinions.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

the march of time

The steady, unstoppable advancement of time. More...
Today's Holiday

Malta Independence Day (2021)

This is a nationwide celebration of Malta's independence, achieved on September 21, 1964. Malta was under the control of various political entities from its earliest days. In the early 19th century, the Maltese acknowledged Great Britain's sovereignty. Malta's heroic stand against the Axis in World War II won a declaration that self-government would be restored at the end of the war, and indeed self-government under another constitution was granted in 1947. It was revoked and restored before independence was finally granted. Independence Day is celebrated with parades and festivities throughout the country. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: moves

ascend - A planet ascends when it moves toward the zenith or comes above the horizon. More...

substrate - The surface on which an organism lives or moves. More...

acquitment - The series of moves that a magician makes to convince the audience that his/her hands are empty. More...

haws - If an animal haws, it turns or moves to the left. More...

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