Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, October 23, 2016)
Word of the Day

exacta

Definition:(noun) A method of betting, as on a horserace, in which the bettor must correctly pick those finishing in the first and second places in precisely that sequence.
Synonyms:perfecta
Usage: Even though she knew it was risky, she was tempted to go for the exacta, which had a higher payout than a bet on just the winning horse.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Prepositions Used for Different Media

We use the preposition "in" when we are talking about something appearing in printed media. What preposition do we use to talk about something appearing on televised or digital media? More...
Article of the Day

Anomie

In his 1897 book Suicide, French sociologist Emile Durkheim introduced his concept of anomie, a social condition characterized by institutional instability, the breakdown of social norms, and a divorce between socially valid goals and available means for achieving them. The alienation, anxiety, and amorality afflicting individuals who live under such conditions is widely believed to result in delinquency, crime, and suicide. How did the Industrial Revolution factor into Durkheim's theory? More...
This Day in History

Battle of Edgehill (1642)

The Battle of Edgehill was the first major engagement of the English Civil War, fought between the Royalist army of King Charles I and the Parliamentarians. The battle ended in a draw, and its inconclusive result prevented either faction from gaining a quick victory in the war, which eventually resulted in the execution of the king and the establishment of a republican commonwealth. What did a group of Parliamentarian troops under Faithfull Fortescue do when the Royalists charged them? More...
Today's Birthday

John William "Johnny" Carson (1925)

Two years after a 12-year-old Carson sent away for a magic kit, "The Great Carsoni" gave his first performance. He continued his show business career by working as a radio announcer and television comedy writer and went on to host several television quiz shows from 1955 to 1962. He first appeared on The Tonight Show in 1958. He was permanent host from 1962 to 1992, and his personable demeanor and wry humor made it America's most popular late-night program. How many times was he married? More...
Quotation of the Day
Any one who has gumption knows what it is, and any one who hasn't can never know what it is. So there is no need of defining it.

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942)

Idiom of the Day

don't let the door hit you on the way out

Leave here quickly and directly; don't linger on your way out the door. Used sarcastically to express one's desire to see someone leave. More...
Today's Holiday

Hungary Republic Day (2018)

In Hungary, Republic Day and the 1956 Revolution are celebrated on October 23 and originally commemorated the 1956 uprising against Soviet control. On October 23, 1989, in honor of the previous revolution, Hungarians established a new republic, amending the constitution to allow multiparty politics, public assembly, and create separation of power in the government. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: shed

train shed - A large structure sheltering tracks and platforms of a railroad station. More...

hangar - Simply meant "shed" for carriages when it came into English. More...

shebang - May come from an Irish name for a speakeasy—shebeen—so the "whole shebeen" was the whole drinking establishment; shebang also first meant "hut, shed, dwelling." More...

shoding, shed - The part in a person's hair is the shoding or shed. More...

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