Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, February 19, 2019)
Word of the Day

pettifog

Definition:(verb) Argue over petty things.
Synonyms:bicker, brabble, squabble, niggle, quibble
Usage: Mrs. Faraday watched in exasperation as her children pettifogged about who deserved the last of her chocolate chip cookies.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Compound Adjectives

A compound adjective (also known as a compound modifier or a phrasal adjective) is created by two or more words that work jointly to modify the same noun. How are they usually joined together? More...
Article of the Day

The Caspian Sea

The Caspian Sea is actually an inland salt lake located between Europe and Asia. It borders Azerbaijan, Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and Iran. With an area of 149,200 sq mi (386,400 sq km), it is the largest inland body of water in the world. It receives many rivers but has no outlet and was an important part of the Mongol-Baltic trade route in the premodern era. Today, it is a major source of beluga caviar and petroleum. What other names has the Caspian Sea been called throughout history? More...
This Day in History

Thomas Edison Patents the Phonograph (1878)

Though his formal schooling was limited to just three months of instruction before he was ten years old, Edison was one of the most prolific inventors of his time. His work in improving telegraph technology—particularly his discovery of a method for recording telegraph messages—led Edison to suspect he could do similar things with sound. Within months, the first working model of his phonograph was ready. Why, according to Edison, was he "taken aback" when his invention worked on the first try? More...
Today's Birthday

Amy Tan (1952)

Born in Oakland, California, to Chinese immigrants, Tan is an award-winning author whose novels focus on the lives of Asian-Americans and the complexities of intergenerational relationships, particularly those of mothers and daughters. Her best-selling novel The Joy Luck Club was based on the tragic experiences of her mother, who had years earlier fled an abusive marriage, though it meant leaving her three daughters behind in Shanghai. When did Tan finally meet her half-sisters? More...
Quotation of the Day
Exciting literature after supper is not the best digestive.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935)

Idiom of the Day

Hallmark moment

A particularly poignant, memorable, or emotionally touching moment or event, i.e., one that would be suitable as a greeting card. A reference to the Hallmark brand of greeting cards. Sometimes used ironically or satirically. More...
Today's Holiday

Anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin (2020)

On February 19, 1942, Japanese bomber and fighter planes conducted a devastating air raid on the town of Darwin, the capital city of Australia's Northern Territory. As a tribute to honor the dead and those who defended Darwin, an annual commemoration is held in Bicentennial Park by the Cenotaph, a monument to those slain in World War I. At 9:58 a.m., the exact time the attack began, an air raid siren sounds. During some observances, Australian regiments will reenact the attack: ground units fire their guns, and fighter planes perform fly-bys over the memorial site. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: intellect

heart - As the seat of feeling and intellect, heart has been used since around 825. More...

intellect, intelligent - Intellect and intelligent come from Latin intelligere, "perceive" or "understand." More...

intelligible - Means "understandable through the intellect." More...

inwit - Usually means "an inner sense of right or wrong," but its more general meaning is "reason, intellect, understanding, or wisdom." More...

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