Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, December 21, 2021)
Word of the Day

vitriolic

Definition:(adjective) Bitterly scathing; caustic.
Synonyms:acid, blistering, venomous, acrid, acerbic, bitter, virulent
Usage: The critic showed no mercy in writing the most vitriolic review of her career.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Irregular Comparative Adverbs

Just as there are irregular adverbs, there are irregular comparative adverbs. "Well" is an example of an irregular comparative adverb. What are some others? More...
Article of the Day

The Forty-Eighters

In 1848, Europe was in tumult. After two years of severe crop failures, French revolutionaries overthrew the monarchy, touching off a series of revolutions across the continent. However, the revolts ended in failure and repression, prompting waves of disappointed supporters—some of whom were now deemed enemies of the state—to immigrate to the US, Canada, and England. As these "Forty-Eighters" maintained their liberal ideals upon relocating, many went on to participate in what major US conflict? More...
This Day in History

Introduction of the Modern Crossword Puzzle (1913)

Though a type of crossword puzzle has been traced back to the ancient Egyptians, 20th-century British-American journalist Arthur Wynne is generally credited with the invention of the modern form of the crossword. Within a decade, such puzzles were being published in most leading US newspapers. The word game was further popularized when Simon & Schuster published a crossword puzzle book in 1924. The craze soon spread to England and beyond. What name did Wynne initially give his word game? More...
Today's Birthday

Florence Griffith Joyner, AKA FloJo (1959)

"FloJo" was a US sprinter whose incredible speed and unique fashion sense left an indelible mark on the running world. She first turned heads at the 1984 Olympics, where her silver-medal performance was nearly overshadowed by her long, painted nails and flashy racing suits. By 1988's Games, however, there was no denying her skill. She set one world record during the Olympic trials and another at the Games, where she also took three golds and a silver. Who is her similarly talented sister-in-law? More...
Quotation of the Day
Do you know why this world is as bad as it is? ... It is because people think only about their own business, and won't trouble themselves to stand up for the oppressed, nor bring the wrongdoer to light.

Anna Sewell (1820-1878)

Idiom of the Day

mooch about (somewhere)

To waste time or loiter (somewhere); to spend time (somewhere) idly or listlessly. Primarily heard in UK. More...
Today's Holiday

Dongji (2021)

In Korea, the Winter Solstice falls during the 11th lunar month. Red bean stew with glutinous rice flour balls is a favorite seasonal dish, particularly on Dongji. This food is not only eaten as a means of warding off disease—it is also offered to the family ancestors, spread around the front door or gate of the house, and, throughout the year, prepared and taken to people who are in mourning. The color red is traditionally thought to repel evil spirits and all misfortune. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: specializing

creperie - A restaurant specializing in crepes. More...

abandannad - A pickpocket specializing in bandannas or handkerchiefs. More...

cinematheque - A small movie theater specializing in art or classic films. More...

academic press - Also called a university press; a publishing house associated with a university or other scholarly institution, specializing in the publication of scholarly books and journals, particularly works written by its faculty. More...

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