Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, March 8, 2019)
Word of the Day

machination

Definition:(noun) A crafty scheme or cunning design for the accomplishment of a sinister end.
Synonyms:intrigue
Usage: During his early youth he had to contend against the machinations of a malignant uncle, who would have robbed him of his large possessions.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Participle Phrases in Middle Position

When a participle phrase occurs in the middle position, and is not essential to the meaning of the sentence, it should be set apart from the rest of the sentence by two commas. However, if a participle phrase occurs in the middle position and is essential to the meaning of the sentence, how should it be punctuated? More...
Article of the Day

The Sugar Glider

Found mainly in Australia and the nearby islands of Tasmania, Papua New Guinea, and Indonesia, the sugar glider, or Petaurus breviceps, is a type of small, nocturnal marsupial that glides from tree to tree feeding on insects and nectar. A parachute-like fold of furry skin between its front and hind legs allows it to glide across distances as great as 492 ft (150 m) in much the same way as a flying squirrel. How does a dominant male sugar glider mark his territory? More...
This Day in History

Nelson's Pillar Destroyed by Explosion in Dublin (1966)

Built in 1808 and towering over the center of Dublin, Ireland, Nelson's Pillar was a massive monument to Horatio Nelson, Britain's most famous naval hero. It was controversial from the start. In 1966, Irish Republican Army members destroyed the pillar with a bomb. Irish Army engineers then removed the pillar's pedestal with a controlled explosion, which is said to have caused more damage than the original blast. The head of the statue was later stolen from storage. Where did it end up? More...
Today's Birthday

Konstantinos Karamanlis (1907)

One of the most important political figures in the history of modern Greece, Karamanlis helped rebuild Greece's economy while serving in various posts after WWII. Chosen as prime minister in 1955, he formed a government and a new conservative party, the National Radical Union. In 1960, he established an independent republic on Cyprus to ease tensions with Britain and Turkey over the island. He resigned in 1963 and lived in exile in Paris until 1974. What finally brought him back to Greece? More...
Quotation of the Day
The wise through excess of wisdom is made a fool.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

leave (something) out of account

To ignore something; to pay little or no heed to something. More...
Today's Holiday

International Women's Day (2021)

This day commemorating women is one of the most widely observed holidays of recent origin. It has its roots in the March 8, 1857, revolt of women in New York City, protesting conditions in the textile and garment industries, although it wasn't proclaimed a holiday until 1910. In the former USSR, women received honors for distinguished service in industry, aviation, military service, and other fields. In the United Kingdom and the United States, International Women's Day is marked by special exhibitions, films, and more, in praise of women. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: hospital

conservatory - Comes from an Italian word for a hospital for foundlings, to whom music was taught. More...

ambulance - Once brought the hospital to the patient—and kept the name when it reversed the process and started bringing the patients to the hospital; its original meaning was "mobile hospital following an army." More...

nosocomial - "Pertaining to a hospital" or "originating in a hospital." More...

bedlam - The word bedlam is a contraction of Bethlehem, a hospital in London that became a lunatic asylum. More...

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