Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, November 24, 2018)
Word of the Day

overextend

Definition:(verb) Strain excessively.
Synonyms:overstrain
Usage: He overextended himself when he accepted the additional assignment and ultimately had to tell his boss that he would not be able to complete it by the deadline.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Adverbs Ending in "-ly"

Many adverbs are formed by adding "-ly" to the end of an adjective. If an adverb has been created according to this pattern, we simply use the words "most" or "least" to make the superlative degree. What words are added to adverbs ending in "-ly" to create the comparative degree? More...
Article of the Day

James Reavis, Owner of Arizona

Styling himself as the Baron of Arizona, Reavis was an imposter who claimed to own much of Arizona in the late 19th century. Backed by financiers who stood to gain from lands to which Reavis held fake deeds, he forged documents that would lend credibility to his claims and even went so far as to marry a woman that he falsely claimed was an heir to these lands. Government investigators reviewed his claims on several occasions and denied them each time. How did they know that the deeds were fakes? More...
This Day in History

Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species Is Published (1859)

Darwin, a British naturalist, formed the basis of his theories of evolution during his scientific survey expedition to South America aboard the HMS Beagle from 1831–1836. He developed his theory for more than 20 years before publishing it in his famous On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection in 1859. Darwin's controversial theory was quickly accepted in most scientific circles. What three words were added to the final sentence of the second edition of Darwin's book? More...
Today's Birthday

Dale Carnegie (1888)

Born into poverty, Carnegie worked as a traveling salesman before he began teaching public speaking at a YMCA in New York City in 1912. His classes were extremely successful, and he was soon lecturing to packed houses. To standardize his teaching methods, he began publishing pamphlets, which he collected into book form. His hugely popular How To Win Friends and Influence People won him a national following. How many people are said to have taken his courses during his lifetime? More...
Quotation of the Day
You may share the labours of the great, but you will not share the spoil.

Aesop (620 BC-560 BC)

Idiom of the Day

a wild goose never laid a tame egg

Something will not be spontaneously different from that which came before. The phrase is used to describe things that are determined by nature and the environment, or else inherited from the generation before. More...
Today's Holiday

Stir-up Sunday (2019)

The collect (liturgical prayer) for the Sunday preceding Advent in the Church of England begins, "Stir up, we beseech Thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people." But the other "stirring up" that takes place on this day is more literal: the stirring of the batter for the traditional Christmas pudding, which must be prepared weeks in advance. It is customary for family members to take turns stirring the pudding with a wooden spoon (symbolic of Jesus's crib), which is thought to bring good luck. The stirring is done clockwise, with eyes closed, and the stirrer makes a wish. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: orbit

apsis - The extreme point of an orbit. More...

eccentric - First meant "not concentric" as it referred to an orbit in which the Earth was not precisely in the center or straying from a circular path; the area where two circles overlap is the eccentric. More...

exorbitant - Originally a legal term for a case outside of the scope of a law; since it implies going "out of orbit," it also first meant "deviating from the true path." More...

orbit - First meant "eye socket"; the eye is located in the eye socket or orbit. More...

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