Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, January 21, 2021)
Word of the Day

vainglorious

Definition:(adjective) Characterized by or exhibiting excessive vanity; boastful.
Synonyms:swelled, big
Usage: I saw right through the vainglorious young man and rejected his advances.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using Quotation Marks across Multiple Paragraphs

Quotation marks almost always travel as a pair, with a closing quotation mark required anytime an opening quotation mark is used. There is one specific exception to this rule, however, which occurs when quoted text spans multiple paragraphs. When this happens, we put an opening quotation mark at the beginning of each quoted paragraph. Where do we put the closing quotation mark? More...
Article of the Day

The Flywheel

A flywheel is a heavy metal wheel attached to a drive shaft to help steady the shaft's rotation and store kinetic energy. Due to inertia, the heavy wheel resists changes in speed once it is spinning, and thus it helps to moderate fluctuations in the speed of an engine. By slowly increasing the speed of the flywheel over a period of time, a small motor can store up enough energy to perform a function for which it is ordinarily too small. What part of an automobile engine makes use of a flywheel? More...
This Day in History

First Kiwanis Club Is Chartered (1915)

In 1914, Allen S. Browne and Joseph G. Prance created the Supreme Lodge Benevolent Order Brothers, a networking group for businessmen. Their club was officially chartered one year later with its now famous name "Kiwanis." The club's purpose has changed since then, but its popularity has only grown. Kiwanis Clubs today have both male and female members—roughly 600,000 of them—and focus on community service, sponsoring about 150,000 service projects each year. What does "Kiwanis" mean? More...
Today's Birthday

Jack Henry Abbott (1944)

While imprisoned in the 1970s—for various crimes, including the murder of a fellow inmate—Abbott began a correspondence with author Norman Mailer, hoping to help him write about prison life more authentically. Mailer was so impressed with Abbott's writing that he helped him compile his letters into the acclaimed book In the Belly of the Beast and advocated for Abbott's parole. However, just weeks after his release, Abbott fatally stabbed a man and was rearrested. Why had he done it? More...
Quotation of the Day
The gratification of wealth is not found in mere possession or in lavish expenditure, but in its wise application.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

one card shy of a (full) deck

A pejorative phrase meaning not very intelligent or of questionable mental capacity. This expression can appear in many different forms and variations (e.g., "a few sandwiches short of a picnic," "one brick short of a load.," etc.). More...
Today's Holiday

Babin Den (2022)

In Bulgaria, the old women who helped deliver babies—much like the modern midwife—were called baba, or grandmother. It was widely believed that the baby received some of the baba's wisdom, and it was customary for the baby's parents to bring the baba flowers on a particular day each year, called Grandmother's Day or Day of the Midwives. Eventually the children grew up, but they would continue to visit their baba each year. Most babies in Bulgaria today are born in hospitals, so the children bring flowers to the doctors and nurses who assisted at their birth. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: monkeys

macaque - Based on Bantu kaku, "monkey," and ma, denoting a plural, translating to "some monkeys." More...

monkey business - A transfer of the tricks of monkeys to human behavior. More...

barrel of monkeys - Monkeys are usually a source of merriment, so if one had a barrelful of them, one supposes this to be quite hilarious; a group of monkeys is actually called a troop. More...

see monkeys - To be overcome by the heat while working. More...

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