Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, October 5, 2016)
Word of the Day

frankincense

Definition:(noun) An aromatic gum resin obtained from various Arabian or East African trees; formerly valued for worship and for embalming and fumigation.
Synonyms:gum olibanum, olibanum, thus
Usage: A crow caught in a snare prayed to Apollo to release him, making a vow to offer some frankincense at his shrine.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using Quantifiers with Uncountable Nouns

Certain quantifiers can only be used with uncountable nouns, while others can only modify countable nouns. "Too much" and "too many" cause particular confusion. Which of those two quantifiers is used to modify uncountable nouns? More...
Article of the Day

H.L. Mencken

Often regarded as one of the most influential American writers of the early 20th century, H.L. Mencken was a journalist, satirist, social critic, and cynic known as the "Sage of Baltimore," for the city where he lived his entire life. Perhaps best remembered for his satirical reporting on the Scopes evolution trial, which he dubbed the "Monkey trial," Mencken was frequently critical of myriad groups. Why did the Arkansas legislature pass a motion in 1931 to pray for Mencken's soul? More...
This Day in History

First Episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus Airs on BBC (1969)

A highly influential British sketch comedy show, Monty Python's Flying Circus ran until 1974 and subsequently spawned four movies and several live shows. With scenes such as "The Dead Parrot Sketch" and "The Spanish Inquisition," the innovative, disjointed, non-traditional show became a cult favorite noted for its surreal, sarcastic, innuendo-laden humor. Interspersed throughout the show were Terry Gilliam's iconic animations, including a giant, crushing foot taken from what painting? More...
Today's Birthday

Larry Fine (1902)

Fine was just a toddler when his left arm was badly burned by acid used in his father's Philadelphia jewelry store. To help strengthen his damaged arm, Fine learned to play violin, which led him to a career in vaudeville. In the 1920s, he joined the comedy act that would become The Three Stooges, catapulting him—and his trademark unruly hair—to fame in several feature films and hundreds of shorts. As a young man, what else did he do to strengthen his arm until his father made him stop? More...
Quotation of the Day
The best doctors in the world are Doctor Diet, Doctor Quiet, and Doctor Merryman.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Idiom of the Day

win (something) in a walk

To win (something) easily, handily, or without much or any effort. More...
Today's Holiday

Fiestas de Octubre (October Feasts) (2020)

The October Feasts have been held every year in the city of Guadalajara in the state of Jalisco, Mexico, since 1965. Throughout the month, residents and visitors enjoy a variety of cultural events that celebrate local and international culture, including opera, jazz and other musical performances, art exhibits, folk dances, ballet, theater, and food. Attendees can also find amusement park rides, bungee jumping, and a haunted house billed as "one of the largest in Latin America." More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: swine

gruntle - Can be used for swine, meaning "to make a little grunt." More...

pig - Originally meant just "young pig" until the 16th century—the word in Old and Middle English for the animal was swine. More...

swine - The collective (and ancestral) term for domesticated pigs and hogs; a hog is 120 pounds and ready for market, while a pig is immature and weighs less. More...

chat - To call a swine. More...

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