Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, March 19, 2015)
Word of the Day

parlance

Definition:(noun) A particular manner of speaking.
Synonyms:idiom
Usage: In vulgar parlance the condiments of a repast are called by the American "a relish," substituting the thing for its effect.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Comparative Adjectives

Comparative adjectives are adjectives that compare differences between the attributes of two nouns. We form comparative adjectives either by adding "-er" to the end of the adjective, or by adding what word before the adjective? More...
Article of the Day

Phi Beta Kappa

Phi Beta Kappa is an academic honor society with the mission of "fostering and recognizing excellence" in undergraduate liberal arts and sciences. Founded at the College of William and Mary in 1776, it is the oldest such society in the US and today boasts 283 chapters and over half a million living members. Its symbol is a golden key engraved with the image of a pointing finger, the Greek letters from which the society takes its name, and three stars. What principles do these stars represent? More...
This Day in History

Willie Mosconi Sinks 526 Consecutive Billiard Balls (1954)

The son of a pool hall owner who tried to keep him from playing billiards, Mosconi learned the game by shooting with potatoes when his father hid the balls. A prodigy, he went on to win the world pool title 15 times before 1957. In 1954, he sank 526 consecutive balls in two hours and 10 minutes, and more than 35 witnesses signed an affidavit swearing to the feat. The record has never been broken. Mosconi was later hired to teach what actor how to convincingly play a pool hustler for a 1961 film? More...
Today's Birthday

Wyatt Earp (1848)

Earp was an American frontiersman. In the 1870s, he worked as a police officer in Wichita and Dodge City, Kansas, where he befriended gunmen Doc Holliday and Bat Masterson. He later worked as a guard for Wells, Fargo & Company. By 1881, he had moved to Tombstone, Arizona, living as a gambler and a saloon guard. His brother Virgil became town marshal, and his other brothers bought real estate and businesses. A feud with the Clanton gang ended in a shootout at the O.K. Corral, where what happened? More...
Quotation of the Day
The pen is the tongue of the mind.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

have a handle on (something)

To have a firm, clear understanding or determination of something. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Joseph's Day (2018)

In Valencia, Spain, the feast of the foster-father of Jesus is a week-long festival called Fallas de San Jose (Bonfires of St. Joseph). On St. Joseph's Eve, March 18, fallas—huge floats of intricate scenes made of wood and papier-mâché, satirizing everything from the high cost of living to political personalities—parade through the streets. At midnight on March 19, the celebration ends with the spectacular ceremony known as the crema, when all the fallas are set on fire. The festival is said to reflect the happy and satirical nature of the Valencians. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: powder

elixir - Derives from Arabic al-'iksir, "the powder for drying wounds." More...

kohl - A powder used to darken the eyes, it is from ancient Arabic and Egyptian times. More...

loaded for bear - Dating from the mid-1800s, it alludes to the heavy charge of powder or lead that hunters use for large animals, such as bears. More...

take a powder - Comes from "take a runout powder," with powder meaning "impetus, rush; impetuosity." More...

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