Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, February 24, 2019)
Word of the Day

varlet

Definition:(noun) A deceitful and unreliable scoundrel.
Synonyms:knave, rapscallion, rascal, rogue, scallywag
Usage: What a brazen-fac'd varlet art thou, to deny thou knowest me!
Daily Grammar Lesson

Other Interrogative Pronouns

In addition to the five main interrogative pronouns, there are seven others that are used for emphatic purposes. These interrogative pronouns are typically used in more formal or old-fashioned English. What are they? More...
Article of the Day

Vulcan Nerve Pinch

In the fictional Star Trek universe, the Vulcan nerve pinch is a technique used mainly by members of the humanoid species known as Vulcans to render an opponent unconsciousness by pinching the subclavian nerve at the base of his neck with all four fingers opposing the thumb. In computing, the phrase is used as slang term referring to certain keyboard combinations—such as Control+Alt+Delete. What politician was once accused of using the Vulcan Nerve Pinch in an altercation with a rapper? More...
This Day in History

Nine Passengers Sucked Out of Plane When It Rips Open Mid-Flight (1989)

Sixteen minutes after taking off for New Zealand from Honolulu, Hawaii, United Airlines flight 811 experienced a cargo door failure and explosive decompression that resulted in the ejection of a number of seats, nine of them occupied, from the aircraft. The pilots initially thought a bomb had been detonated on board and would later learn that design flaws and faulty wiring were to blame for the catastrophe that took place on their flight. How might United have averted this disaster? More...
Today's Birthday

Steve Jobs (1955)

Now a household name known the world over for his role in the technological revolution of recent decades at the helm of Apple Inc., Jobs was once a college dropout tinkering with computer parts in his parents' garage. It was there that he and Stephen Wozniak founded Apple in 1976 and built their first computers. Jobs left Apple in 1985 but returned in 1996 and played a key role in reviving the financially ailing company, reconfirming his reputation as an industry visionary. What is a Stevenote? More...
Quotation of the Day
The goal of education is the advancement of knowledge and the dissemination of truth.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Idiom of the Day

say again

Could you please repeat what you just said? More...
Today's Holiday

St. Matthias's Day (2022)

The story of how St. Matthias was elected to replace Judas Iscariot as one of the 12 apostles after Judas committed suicide can be found in the Bible's Book of Acts. There is no historical record of Matthias's deeds or death. His fame rests almost entirely upon the fact that he took the betrayer Judas' place, although legend claims that he was stoned and beheaded in Ethiopia in 64 CE. Episcopalians celebrate his feast day on February 24. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: repeat

recap, recapitulate - Recap is short for recapitulate, literally "repeat the headings." More...

trackway - A path formed by the repeated treading of animals or people. More...

frequent - From Latin frequens, "crowded" or "regularly repeated." More...

spam - As in e-mail, it gets its name from the Monty Python sketch in which the word is repeated many times. More...

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