Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, March 15, 2020)
Word of the Day

allocable

Definition:(adjective) Capable of being distributed.
Synonyms:apportionable
Usage: Although our department's budget was increased this year, only a small portion of the funds are allocable to travel expenses.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Types of Adverbs of Place

Many adverbs of place indicate a specific direction of movement, such as "up" and "down." There are also adverbs of place that end in "-ward" or "-wards" that describe movement in particular directions, as in "backward(s)." "Toward" (or "towards"), while very similar to the other adverbs of place, is actually what part of speech? More...
Article of the Day

Marsyas

According to Greek mythology, Marsyas was a satyr—a half-man, half-goat creature prone to merrymaking—who found a flute discarded by the goddess Athena and became so proficient at playing it that he challenged the lyre-playing god Apollo to a contest. Apollo accepted on the condition that the winner would earn the right to do whatever he wanted to the loser. The Muses, acting as judges, naturally awarded the contest to Apollo, who promptly punished the presumptuous Marsyas in what cruel fashion? More...
This Day in History

Egypt's Fuad I Transitions from Sultan to King (1922)

Fuad I was the first king of modern Egypt. Educated in Europe, he returned to Egypt in 1880 and founded the University of Cairo in 1906. He succeeded his brother as sultan in 1917, but in 1922, when British control of Egypt ended, Fuad took the title of king. The following year, a new constitution was established. Fuad later abolished it and frequently threw the country into turmoil by dismissing parliament. Under great pressure, he restored the constitution in 1935. Who succeeded him? More...
Today's Birthday

Andrew Jackson (1767)

The seventh US president, Jackson was a child of the frontier and lost his entire family in the American Revolution. He was just 14 at the time and was already a member of the local militia. After emerging from the War of 1812 a hero for his defense of New Orleans, he rode a wave of popularity to the presidency in 1828. He was seen as a champion of the common man, but he relentlessly displaced many Native Americans. His wife died weeks before his inauguration. Why did he have to marry her twice? More...
Quotation of the Day
If the injustice is part of the necessary friction of the machine of government, let it go, let it go; perchance it will wear smooth—certainly the machine will wear out.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Idiom of the Day

have a fling (with someone)

To have a brief, noncommittal sexual relationship (with someone). More...
Today's Holiday

Joseph Jenkins Roberts's Birthday (2020)

Joseph Jenkins Roberts (1809-1876), Liberia's first and seventh president, led the movement for an independent Liberia, established in 1848. This day (also known as J. J. Roberts Day) is also an occasion to pay homage to Liberia's historical role as Africa's oldest republic. In many respects, Roberts's birthday stands apart from other holidays that recognize Liberian notables because he was a member of the established Americo-Liberian elite, a group historically criticized for wielding control over the country's indigenous population for more than a century. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: trivial

folderol - Trivial or nonsensical fuss, nonsense, or a useless trifle. More...

nugacious, nugatory - Nugacious and nugatory are synonyms for trivial. More...

pelsy - Means "trivial, trashy, of little value." More...

psilology - A love of trivial or vacuous talk. More...

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