Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, February 13, 2018)
Word of the Day

enamor

Definition:(verb) To inspire with love.
Synonyms:bewitch, captivate, charm, entrance, enchant, beguile, capture, fascinate, catch
Usage: The vacationers were enamored with the charming island and extended their trip so that they could spend more time there.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using En Dashes to Indicate a Range of Values

The most common use of the en dash is to connect two numbers, dates, or times to indicate a range that spans these figures. When it is used in this way, we can think of the en dash as representing what words? More...
Article of the Day

Fat Tax

A fat tax, also known as "Twinkie tax," "junk food tax," and "snack tax," is a tax on calorie-dense, nutrient-poor foods. The concept was pioneered in the early 1980s by Kelly D. Brownell, PhD, who proposed that revenue from such a tax be used to subsidize more healthful foods and fund nutrition campaigns. Proponents believe that the increased cost of junk food might also deter buyers and thereby curb consumption. Where have fat taxes been introduced? More...
This Day in History

The Massacre of Glencoe (1692)

Following the deposition of King James II in 1689 and the accession of William III, some Scottish clans fought—and failed—to restore James to the throne. In 1691, William offered to pardon all Highland clans that took an oath of allegiance to him before January 1, 1692. The MacDonald clan of Glencoe missed the deadline by six days, and for this they paid with their lives. The unsuspecting MacDonalds were massacred in their homes by soldiers that had arrived seeking shelter how many days earlier? More...
Today's Birthday

Sir Joseph Banks (1743)

Banks was a British naturalist, botanist, and patron of the sciences. After inheriting a large fortune in his early 20s, he began traveling extensively, collecting plant and natural history specimens. He outfitted and accompanied James Cook's voyage around the world, during which time he collected many biological specimens that had never before been classified. His herbarium, one of the most important in existence, and library are now at the British Museum. What plant genus was named after him? More...
Quotation of the Day
That was a memorable day to me, for it made great changes in me. But, it is the same with any life. Imagine one selected day struck out of it, and think how different its course would have been.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Idiom of the Day

pull a face (at someone)

To make a grimacing or humorously distorted facial expression (at someone). More...
Today's Holiday

Parentalia (2022)

This was an ancient Roman festival held in honor of the manes, or souls of the dead—in particular, deceased relatives. It began a season for remembering the dead, which ended with the Feralia on February 21. This week was a quiet, serious occasion, without the rowdiness that characterized other Roman festivals. Everything, including the temples, closed down, and people decorated graves with flowers and left food—sometimes elaborate banquets—in the cemeteries in the belief that it would be eaten by the spirits of the deceased. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: mashed potatoes

champit tatties - Scottish for mashed potatoes. More...

mashed potato, creamed potato, whipped potato - Creamed potato and whipped potato are synonyms for mashed potato. More...

mashed potatoes - Used to be called Dutch potatoes or German potatoes. More...

potato bread - A type of bread made with mashed potatoes. More...

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