Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, September 24, 2019)
Word of the Day

illogic

Definition:(noun) Invalid or incorrect reasoning.
Synonyms:inconsequence
Usage: Often have I, the modern, been perturbed and vexed by the foolishness, illogic, obtuseness, and general all-round stupendous stupidity of myself, the primitive.
Daily Grammar Lesson

How to Conjugate "Be"

The verb "be" is unique among verbs for having a huge variety of conjugations. Not only does it have irregular inflections for the past simple tense and past participle, but it also has specific forms depending on what two things? More...
Article of the Day

Asteroid Deflection Strategies

In 2002, an asteroid 150 to 360 ft (45 to 110 m) in diameter passed within 75,000 mi (121,000 km) of Earth—about a third of the distance to the Moon. Asteroids in similar orbits have struck Earth in the past. For that reason, scientists are currently developing a number of strategies by which near-Earth objects could be vaporized or diverted. These include the use of nuclear weapons and so-called gravitational tractors. When is the next near-Earth object expected to closely approach our planet? More...
This Day in History

Black Friday (1869)

In 1869, American financial speculators Jay Gould and James Fisk attempted to corner the gold market by trying to prevent the sale of government gold, which they hoped to achieve by influencing President Ulysses Grant. The plan backfired when Grant discovered the plot and released $4 million of government gold for sale. On a day that came to be known as Black Friday, the price of gold plummeted, panic ensued, and thousands were ruined—though not Gould or Fisk. How did they gain access to Grant? More...
Today's Birthday

F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896)

An American novelist and short-story writer, Fitzgerald was the literary spokesman of the "jazz age" of the 1920s. The characters in his books—which include This Side of Paradise, The Beautiful and the Damned, and his masterpiece, The Great Gatsby—lead madcap, gin-drenched, spiritually bankrupt lives that closely resemble his own. In his later years, Fitzgerald was plagued by financial worries and his wife's insanity. Why might he have lied about having tuberculosis? More...
Quotation of the Day
Accidents will occur in the best-regulated families.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Idiom of the Day

be as good as gone

To be very nearly, inevitably, or for all intents and purposes lost, departed, defunct, or deceased. More...
Today's Holiday

Festa de la Mercè (2020)

Nearly 400 events celebrate the patron saint of Barcelona, La Madonna de la Mercè, each year for a few days including September 24. In years past, the Madonna's feast was observed with religious processions, but these days the processions are augmented by the city's liveliest party of the year with fireworks, street art, live music and dancing, acrobats forming human towers, and sporting events. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: surrounded

involve - First meant "enfold, surround, wrap." More...

enclave, exclave - An enclave is a group or area different from the surroundings, a secured area within another secured area, from Latin clavis, "key"; an exclave is the same thing, but usually describes a portion of a country separated from the main part and surrounded by politically alien territory. More...

woebegone - Begone in woebegone means "beset" or "surrounded," so the word means "beset by woe." More...

glade - Originally referred to a part of water not frozen over, but surrounded by ice, drawing an analogy to the same word for an opening in the woods. More...

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