Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, November 29, 2020)
Word of the Day

malefactor

Definition:(noun) Someone who has committed a crime or has been legally convicted of a crime.
Synonyms:criminal, crook, felon, outlaw
Usage: A judge having sentenced a malefactor to the penitentiary was proceeding to point out to him the disadvantages of crime and the profit of reformation.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Adverbs of Degree with Gradable vs. Non-Gradable Adjectives

Gradable adjectives are those that can have measurable levels of degree or intensity. Non-gradable adjectives, on the other hand, describe an extreme or absolute state. How are they paired with gradable and non-gradable adverbs? More...
Article of the Day

Premature Burial

In the late 1800s, fears of being mistakenly assumed dead and accidentally buried alive led to the invention of "safety coffins." To avoid such a fate, US President George Washington requested on his deathbed that his burial be delayed to ensure that he had truly died. Premature burial can also be intentional. Saint Oran was buried alive as a human sacrifice in Scotland in the 6th century. Later, he was dug up and found to be alive, but he was supposedly hurriedly reburied after saying what? More...
This Day in History

Natalie Wood Drowns (1981)

At the age of 43, actress Natalie Wood, who first won acclaim as a child for her role in Miracle on 34th Street and went on to become a successful film star, drowned after apparently falling overboard following a night of drinking on her yacht. Though the death was ruled an accident, a woman on a nearby boat reported hearing cries for help that night. Wood had been spending a holiday weekend aboard the yacht with her husband, actor Robert Wagner. Who else was aboard the yacht that night? More...
Today's Birthday

Clive Staples "C. S." Lewis (1898)

Lewis was an Irish-British scholar noted for his witty explorations of Christianity, as well as for his classic series of children's fantasy novels, The Chronicles of Narnia, which includes The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. He also wrote The Screwtape Letters, a satirical novel in which an experienced devil teaches his young charge about temptation. During World War I, Lewis made a pact with a fellow soldier before the man was killed. How did Lewis keep his promise? More...
Quotation of the Day
What terrified me will terrify others; and I need only describe the specter which had haunted my midnight pillow.

Mary Shelley (1797-1851)

Idiom of the Day

have done with (someone or something)

To be finished with someone or something; to cease being involved with someone or something. More...
Today's Holiday

Grey Cup (2020)

The best teams from the Eastern and Western Conferences of the Canadian Football League play against each other in an annual event similar to the Super Bowl in the United States. It is called the Grey Cup after the trophy that is awarded to the winning team—a cup donated by former Canadian Governor-General Earl Grey in 1909. Parties are held throughout the country so that fans can get together to watch the big game on television. In sports and social clubs, it is not uncommon to set up two televisions so that rival supporters can each watch their own team. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: ships

nauscopy - The ability to sight land or ships at a distance. More...

spring a leak - First referred to ships, describing the way the timbers sprang out of position and let in water. More...

square meal - May derive from the square platters used for serving meals on ships. More...

longshoremen - When sailors passed goods from the ships to men along the shore, those men came to be called longshoremen. More...

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