Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, January 17, 2021)
Word of the Day

forebear

Definition:(noun) A person from whom one is descended.
Synonyms:ancestor, predecessor, progenitor
Usage: I am hoping that a visit to the land of my forebears will help me get in touch with my roots.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Examples of Prepositions

Prepositions are used to express the relationship of a noun or pronoun (or another grammatical element functioning as a noun) to the rest of the sentence. The noun or pronoun that is connected by the preposition is known as the "object of the preposition." What are some common prepositions? More...
Article of the Day

Eyeball Tattooing

First used by Roman physician Galen in the 2nd century, eyeball tattooing has been practiced for centuries to disguise deformities of the cornea such as opaque white scar tissue. The procedure involves injecting dye directly into the cornea. Though it is usually performed on eyes that have already lost sight, corneal tattooing can also be used to improve vision, such as by reducing glare resulting from other eye surgeries. Which US state outlawed cosmetic tattooing of the white part of the eye? More...
This Day in History

The Great Brink's Robbery (1950)

After months of planning a heist on Boston's Brink's building, a band of 11 robbers put the plan in motion on January 17, 1950. Seven men dressed like Brink's workers—but with masks and gloves—entered the building around 7 PM and left with $2.7 million about 30 minutes later. The robbers conspired not to touch the bulk of the money until the statute of limitations expired. It appeared to be the perfect crime, but the gang members were arrested in 1956. How did they get caught? More...
Today's Birthday

Alphonse "Al" Capone (1899)

Chicago in the 1920s was a city of vice, corruption, and murder, with gangster leader Capone at the forefront. During Prohibition, Capone operated and organized speakeasies, and his control soon extended to gambling, brothels, and politics. "Scarface" Capone had his rivals murdered, and he forcibly controlled election results throughout Chicago. At the peak of his power, he was arrested—ironically—for tax evasion. He served time in the new Alcatraz prison before being released for what reason? More...
Quotation of the Day
My toast would be, may our country always be successful, but whether successful or otherwise, always right.

John Quincy Adams (1767-1848)

Idiom of the Day

on the gravy train

In a state, position, or job where one makes an excessive amount of money without expending much or any effort. More...
Today's Holiday

Benjamin Franklin's Birthday (2022)

Born in Boston on this day in 1706, Benjamin Franklin helped edit, and was a signer of, the Declaration of Independence. He also helped to frame the Constitution. When he died in 1790 in Philadelphia, he was given the most impressive funeral that city had ever seen: 20,000 people attended. In Philadelphia, the Franklin Institute Science Museum holds a two-day "birthday bash" that often involves people dressing as Franklin. The celebration takes place on the weekend preceding Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, which is the Monday after January 15. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: runner

runner - A blade of a skate or sled. The supports on which a drawer slides are also called runners. More...

dromedary, Bactrian - A one-hump camel is a dromedary (from Latin, meaning "swift camel," from Greek dromas, "runner") and a two-hump camel is a Bactrian (from Bactria in Asia). More...

cursor - First meant "runner" or "running messenger" and is now the moving/movable indicator on a computer screen. More...

dromomania - A mania for roaming or running, from Latin dromas. More...

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