Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, September 9, 2021)
Word of the Day

convivial

Definition:(adjective) Fond of feasting, drinking, and good company; sociable.
Synonyms:jolly, merry, festive, jovial
Usage: Weston was chatty and convivial, and no friend to early separations of any sort.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Modal Auxiliary Verbs - Can

The modal auxiliary verb "can" is most often used to express a person or thing’s ability to do something. When is "can do" used? More...
Article of the Day

The Stout Scarab

In the 1930s, aircraft designer William Stout envisioned an automobile that could double as an office on wheels. The resulting Scarab, widely considered the world's first production minivan, was groundbreaking in its design. Stout eliminated the typical chassis and drive-shaft and placed the engine in the vehicle's rear. He also gave the Scarab a removable table and movable seating. Still, the vehicle never really caught on, largely due to its hefty price tag. How much did it cost to own one? More...
This Day in History

Democratic People's Republic of Korea Established (1948)

During the Soviet occupation of North Korea after World War II, a Korean communist named Kim Il Sung was selected to lead the new state. Under his totalitarian rule, North Korea invaded South Korea in a failed attempt at reunification that led to the Korean War, and economic growth gave way to isolation and stagnation. Upon his death in 1994, he was replaced by his son Kim Jong Il, who has since been succeeded by his own son, Kim Jong Un. What is North Korea's juche philosophy? More...
Today's Birthday

Otis Redding (1941)

Redding, an American soul singer known for his emotive style, began his career with Johnny Jenkins and the Pinetoppers and recorded his first hit, "These Arms of Mine," during time left over at the end of a Johnny Jenkins session. His biggest hit, "(Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay," was recorded just days before he died in a plane crash at age 26. It became the first posthumous number-one single. What are some different explanations for why Redding whistles at the end of the song? More...
Quotation of the Day
Insensible as he is to a thousand wants, and removed from harassing cares, may not the savage be the happier man of the two?

Herman Melville (1819-1891)

Idiom of the Day

born in the purple

Born into royalty. Purple is a color traditionally associated with royalty. More...
Today's Holiday

Democratic People's Republic of Korea Independence Day (2022)

The founding of North Korea on September 9, 1948, is observed throughout the country as a national holiday. Much of the observance of North Korea's founding day centers on adulating Kim Il-Sung, the founding leader. The main public celebrations take place in the capital city, Pyongyang, and can include such events as government banquets in the late Kim's honor, political meetings, concerts, and displays of song and dance. Officials and citizens also lay flowers before the monuments to Kim in the capital. Similar displays also take place in towns and cities throughout North Korea. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: slime

asphalt - Its synonyms are mineral pitch, Jews' pitch, and slime. More...

ooze - As in mud or slime, it traces back to an Old Norse word meaning "puddle, stagnant pool," and originally meant juice or sap from a plant or fruit. More...

slime - Related to Latin limus, "mud, slime." More...

mucous, mucus - Mucous is the adjective from Latin meaning "slimy," and mucus is the noun from Latin but cognate with Greek mussesthai, "blow the nose." More...

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