Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, July 31, 2018)
Word of the Day

harbor

Definition:(verb) Maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings).
Synonyms:nurse, entertain, hold
Usage: I harbor a grudge for much longer than I should and am working on being more forgiving.
Daily Grammar Lesson

How to Form Comparative Adverbs

Comparative adverbs, like comparative adjectives, are used to describe differences and similarities between two things. We form comparative adverbs either by adding the word "more" (or "less") before the base adverb, or by adding what ending to the base adverb? More...
Article of the Day

Knucklebones

Now known as the game of jacks, knucklebones is an ancient pastime played with five small objects—originally the knucklebones of a sheep—which are thrown into the air and caught in various ways. To win, one must complete a prescribed series of throws and catches—many of which have distinctive names like "riding the elephant"—while also carrying out tasks like picking up stones from a surface. The origin of knucklebones is closely connected to that of what other game? More...
This Day in History

Spanish Treasure Fleet Sinks off Florida Coast in Hurricane (1715)

From the 16th to the 18th centuries, the Spanish Empire used a system of convoys, called treasure fleets, to transport a wide variety of items to Spain from its territories in the New World. Seven days after departing from Havana, Cuba, all 11 of the ships in the 1715 treasure fleet sank during a hurricane near present-day Florida, resulting in the deaths of thousands of sailors. The disaster also resulted in the loss of what precious items, some of which still occasionally wash ashore? More...
Today's Birthday

Peter Benenson (1921)

Peter Benenson was an English lawyer who organized a letter-writing campaign in 1961 calling for amnesty for "prisoners of conscience." His campaign resulted in the establishment of Amnesty International, a human-rights organization that works to combat violations of human rights, especially abridgments of freedom of speech and religion and the imprisonment and torture of political dissidents. Why did Benenson resign from his position within Amnesty International in 1967? More...
Quotation of the Day
We love flattery even though we are not deceived by it, because it shows that we are of importance enough to be courted.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

bankers' hours

A working day that is shorter than usual or acceptable, especially one that begins late and ends early. It refers to the traditional opening times for banks, which formerly opened at 10 AM and closed at 3 PM. More...
Today's Holiday

Chincoteague Pony Swim and Auction (2019)

The Chincoteague Pony Swim is an annual saltwater roundup of the famous wild ponies of Assateague Island off the Delmarva Peninsula. The volunteer firemen of Chincoteague Island, Virginia, ride to Assateague, round up as many as 300 ponies, and then guide them into the water to swim across the channel to Chincoteague. The next day some foals are sold at auction and the rest of the herd swims back to Assateague. A week of festivities surrounds the roundup, and tens of thousands come to watch the excitement from land and small boats. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: rows

tubular bells - The orchestral instrument consisting of a row of vertically suspended metal tubes struck with a mallet. More...

bib necklace - One consisting of three or more rows. More...

mackerel sky - One with rows of white fluffy clouds resembling the pattern on a mackerel's back. More...

ordinance - First meant arrangement in ranks or rows. More...

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