Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, December 2, 2020)
Word of the Day

defile

Definition:(verb) To damage or sully (someone's good name, reputation, etc.).
Synonyms:sully, taint, corrupt, cloud
Usage: My father was an honest man, and I will not allow you to defile his memory by publishing an article that casts suspicion on his business dealings.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Idioms that Start with "Out Of"

A number of idioms start with the prepositional phrase "out of." Some examples include "out of the blue" and "out of order." What are some others? More...
Article of the Day

The Gentleman's Magazine

The word magazine once referred not to a type of periodical, but to a storehouse. Then, in 1731, Edward Cave founded The Gentleman's Magazine. Considered the first English-language magazine in the modern sense of the word, the London-based publication was a monthly "storehouse" of news and commentary. It reached a wide audience with its extensive distribution system and remained in print for nearly 200 years. What famous writer found his first writing job at the magazine? More...
This Day in History

First Self-Sustaining Nuclear Chain Reaction Is Demonstrated (1942)

Constructed under an abandoned stand of bleachers at the University of Chicago, the world's first artificial nuclear reactor was little more than a pile of uranium and graphite bricks. It was built as part of the Manhattan Project under the supervision of renowned physicist Enrico Fermi. The first successful demonstration lasted 28 minutes and was a milestone in the history of physics. What code phrase did scientists use to convey the reactor's success to government officials? More...
Today's Birthday

Maria Callas (1923)

An internationally known Greek-American opera star, Callas was celebrated less for her voice than for her electrifying stage presence and mastery of difficult roles. Her career blossomed in the 1940s. Offstage, her fiery temperament, dramatic love life, and demanding personality earned her the reputation of a consummate diva. During her media-fueled rivalry with soprano Renata Tebaldi in the 1950s, Callas was quoted as saying that comparing her to Tebaldi was like comparing what two things? More...
Quotation of the Day
Wives are young men's mistresses, companions for middle age, and old men's nurses.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

in a flutter

In a nervous, confused, or agitated state. More...
Today's Holiday

United Arab Emirates National Day (2020)

This national holiday commemorates the December 2, 1971, expiration of a British treaty that inhibited self-rule for the sheikhdoms on the Persian Gulf in the eastern Arabian peninsula, and the union of seven of the sheikhdoms in the former Trucial States to become the United Arab Emirates. The Emirates' major cities celebrate National Day December 2-3. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: country

emancipate - Means "to free from legal, political, social control or restraint by others," and "to free from bondage." The word's Latin elements are manus, "hand," and capere, "to take," and first meant "to release or set free." More...

assassin - Thought by some to derive from an Arabic word meaning "hashish user," as members of an Islamic sect in various countries during the time of the Crusades (13th century) ate hashish to intoxicate themselves before setting out to assasinate enemy leaders. More...

patriot - Greek pater, "father," led to Latin patriota, "fellow countryman," which was the original meaning of patriot when it came into English in the late 1500s. More...

country, nation - Both came into English c. 1330 and tend to be used interchangeably.  Country comes from Latin contrata (terra), "the landscape in front of one, the landscape lying opposite to the view." Nation is from Latin nation-/natio, "race, class of person." More...

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