Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, November 23, 2016)
Word of the Day

microbe

Definition:(noun) A minute life form; a microorganism, especially a bacterium that causes disease.
Synonyms:germ, bug
Usage: By the time their teacher completed the unit on microbes, the science students had all become more cautious about their personal hygiene and food consumption.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Comparative Adverbs from One-Syllable Adverbs

There are simple rules that tell us which method of creating comparative adverbs is correct. In general, when the adverb has only one syllable, how do we make it comparative? More...
Article of the Day

Stari Most

Stari Most, meaning "The Old Bridge," is a 16th-century bridge in Bosnia and Herzegovina that is believed to have been the largest single-span arch bridge in the world when it was built. Charged under pain of death to construct a bridge of such unprecedented dimensions, the architect that built it reportedly prepared for his own funeral on the day the scaffolding was finally removed. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For what dangerous tradition do the people of Mostar use the bridge? More...
This Day in History

Hijacking of EgyptAir Flight 648 (1985)

Minutes after taking off from an Athens airport on November 23, 1985, EgyptAir Flight 648 was hijacked by five Palestinian terrorists. The plane was forced to land in Malta, where authorities attempted to negotiate with the hijackers. The terrorists shot two Israelis and three Americans before Egyptian commandos launched a disastrous raid in which nearly 60 hostages were killed. Remarkably, three of the passengers shot by the terrorists survived. How did one of the terrorists almost escape? More...
Today's Birthday

Arthur Adolph "Harpo" Marx (1888)

Harpo was a member of the American comedy team known as the Marx Brothers. The brothers enjoyed success in vaudeville, on Broadway, and in motion pictures from the early 1900s to about 1950. Harpo never spoke during their performances and instead blew a horn, whistled, or mimed to communicate. He also got laughs with his prop-laden sight gags, many of which involved the seemingly infinite number of odd items he managed to produce from his topcoat's oversized pockets. How did he get his nickname? More...
Quotation of the Day
Reason itself is true and just, but the reason of every particular man is weak and wavering, perpetually swayed and turned by his interests, his passions, and his vices.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Idiom of the Day

a sly dog

Someone who, through cunning, devious, or dishonest means, achieves a fortuitous outcome. More...
Today's Holiday

Tellabration (2019)

A nationwide night of storytelling, Tellabration was started in 1988 by storyteller J. G. ("Paw-Paw") Pinkerton. The event began with storytelling in six communities in Connecticut. The next year, Texas and Missouri also had Tellabrations, and by 1991, storytelling on this night was happening in 72 communities in 27 states, as well as in locations in Bermuda and Canada. Eventually, the length of Tellabrations extended to a weekend. Proceeds of the event go toward developing the archives of Storytelling Foundation International in Jonesborough, Tennessee. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: provide

dub - Meaning "to provide a film with a soundtrack," it is an abbreviation of "double." More...

endow - First meant "provide a dower or dowry." More...

refurbish, refurnish, redecorate, renovate - Refurbish means to "clean up again," refurnish means "to provide with new furnishings," redecorate means "to add new decoration(s)," and renovate means "renew or restore to as-new condition." More...

improvise - Etymologically, if you improvise something, it is because it has not been "provided" for in advance, from Latin improvisus, "unforeseen." More...

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