Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, October 2, 2018)
Word of the Day

caboodle

Definition:(noun) Any collection in its entirety.
Synonyms:bunch, lot
Usage: The art collection was originally going to be auctioned off piece by piece, but the owner decided at the last moment to donate the whole caboodle to the local museum.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using "May" to Ask for Permission

The modal verb "may" is very commonly used to express or ask for permission to do something. While "may" is considered the most polite and formally correct option when asking for permission, what other modal verbs can be used? More...
Article of the Day

Woodblock Printing

Even after the invention of movable type in the mid-15th century, some European printers continued to use engraved wooden blocks, one for each page, to print their books. These European block books were the first Western examples of printed book illustration. However, woodblock printing—developed in China by the 9th century—has a richer history in the East, since the vast number of Chinese characters made printing from movable type exceedingly difficult. What are the most famous block books? More...
This Day in History

The Twilight Zone Premieres on CBS (1959)

A classic science-fiction show that ran for just five years, The Twilight Zone was created by veteran television writer Rod Serling. More than half of its 155 unrelated episodes were written or co-written by Serling, who also narrated each half-hour episode with his trademark deadpan. The show often starred soon-to-be-famous actors such as William Shatner and Robert Redford. Many episodes featured frightening or ironic plot twists. What were some of the show's most celebrated episodes? More...
Today's Birthday

Julius Henry "Groucho" Marx (1890)

Marx and his brothers entered show business with their mother as a vaudeville act in the early 1900s. Later in his career, he enjoyed success as host of the TV game show You Bet Your Life, which was mainly a showcase for his witty banter with contestants. By the end of his career, he had become an instantly recognizable cultural institution who was lauded by individuals as disparate as Johnny Carson and T. S. Eliot. What event that occurred three days earlier overshadowed his 1977 death? More...
Quotation of the Day
All voting is a sort of gaming, like checkers or backgammon, with a slight moral tinge to it, a playing with right and wrong, with moral questions ... I cast my vote, perchance, as I think right; but I am not vitally concerned that that right should prevail. I am willing to leave it to the majority.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Idiom of the Day

in a/the flash of an/the eye

So quickly as to seem almost imperceptible (i.e., in the space of time it takes a person to blink). More...
Today's Holiday

California Avocado Festival (2020)

The California Avocado Festival is held every October in Carpinteria, California. The three-day, free event features music, arts and crafts, activities (including a golf tournament), and a kids' block party with games, face-painting, and crafts. It also celebrates the avocado. At the Avocado Expo tent, competitors vie to win the awards for best guacamole and biggest avocado. There are cooking demonstrations and a display of the largest vat of guacamole in the world. About 100,000 visitors enjoy each year's avocado celebration. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: prune

amputate - Comes from Latin ambi, "around," and putare, "to prune, trim." More...

dried plum - Another name for a prune. More...

preen - Generally thought to be an alteration of prune, "cut branches." More...

purge - To purge a tree is to prune it; to purge a candle is to snuff it. More...

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