Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, January 3, 2021)
Word of the Day

interpolate

Definition:(verb) To alter (a text) by the insertion of new matter, especially deceptively or without authorization.
Synonyms:falsify
Usage: He interpolated a lot of spurious matter into the manuscript.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Articles and Other Parts of Speech

Articles always modify nouns. An article can also precede a noun phrase, even if it begins with an adjective or an adverb. However, articles cannot precede what part of speech? More...
Article of the Day

A Sandwich for Sandwich

It has been said of John Montagu, 4th earl of Sandwich, that "seldom has any man held so many offices and accomplished so little." An unpopular, corrupt politician, he was criticized for prosecuting a friend for obscenity, despite being notoriously dissolute himself. Today, he is known for a 1762 incident in which he asked to be served meat stuck between slices of bread so that he would not have to interrupt his gambling to eat. What alternate tale explains Sandwich's connection to the sandwich? More...
This Day in History

Deadly Incident at Experimental US Nuclear Power Reactor (1960)

The only fatal nuclear reactor incident in US history occurred at the US Army's SL-1 experimental nuclear reactor. It was being restarted after an 11-day shutdown when a control rod was withdrawn too far, causing a "prompt critical" reaction. Water surrounding the core explosively vaporized and lifted the enormous reactor vessel more than 9 ft (2.7 m) off the ground. All three operators—one of whom was impaled and pinned to the ceiling—died. Why was the incident rumored to be a murder-suicide? More...
Today's Birthday

Marion Davies (1897)

Davies, an American actress, appeared in her first film in 1917 and acted in 29 more over the next 10 years. When she was 19, she caught the attention of newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst, who spent millions promoting her career. However, their social life at his palatial estate began to overshadow her career, which was further jeopardized by a scandal involving a film producer's mysterious death on Hearst's yacht. Why did Hearst and Davies, who lived as a couple for decades, never marry? More...
Quotation of the Day
Dress is at all times a frivolous distinction, and excessive solicitude about it often destroys its own aim.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Idiom of the Day

be not worth a brass farthing

To be completely worthless or useless; to have little or no value. Refers to farthings (obsolete British units of currency, worth one-quarter of a penny), formerly made from a copper alloy (brass). Primarily heard in UK. More...
Today's Holiday

Ball-Catching Festival (2022)

This 500-year-old tradition, said to have its roots in the legend of a dragon god (Ryujin) offering two balls to the Empress Jingu (170–269), takes place each year in Higashi-Ku, Fukuoka City, Japan. Two teams of Japanese men, wearing only loincloths (fundoshi), compete for a ball that weighs about 18 pounds; these teams consist of the Land Team, made up of farmers who work the fields, and the Sea team, composed of fishermen. A Shinto priest awaits the winner to hand him the ball—the size of the harvest or of the catch during the new year is determined by which team wins. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: thick

foggy, fog - Foggy first meant "covered with a grass; mossy; boggy," as fog first meant "coarse grass" and evolved to mean "thick, murky" in relation to atmosphere. More...

riley - Has two meanings: thick and turbid, or angry and irritable. More...

baobab tree - Is so thick—up to 30 feet across—that some African tribes hollow them out so families can live inside. More...

thumb - From Old English thuma, "thick, swollen." More...

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