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

First Rock Festival Held in the Soviet Union (1980)

Dubbed the "Soviet Woodstock," the 1980 Tbilisi rock festival is widely considered the turning point in the history of Russian rock music. Held in Tbilisi—capital of the Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic—the event was the USSR's first official rock festival. However, unlike Woodstock, the high point of youth counterculture in the US, freedom of expression at Tbilisi-80 was limited, and the jury stormed out after one performer's provocative moves. Which bands performed at the event? More...
Today's Birthday

Tapio Rautavaara (1915)

Finland's multitalented Tapio Rautavaara was a successful athlete, singer, and actor. He won Olympic gold for javelin throwing and was also a top archer. He acted in numerous Finnish films and recorded more than 300 songs before his death in 1979, the result of a brain injury caused by a slip-and-fall accident. His death might have been averted had medical officials correctly identified the symptoms of a fatal cerebral hemorrhage instead of dismissing them as indicators of what? More...
Quotation of the Day
The wise through excess of wisdom is made a fool.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

be rained out

To be delayed, postponed, or cancelled due to the rain. More...
Today's Holiday

Fiesta of San Juan de Dios (2022)

San Juan de Dios (St. John of God) was born in Portugal in 1495. A religious order, the Brothers Hospitallers, was founded in his honor, and thereafter he was known as John of God and the patron saint of hospitals. In Puno, Peru, San Juan de Dios is celebrated with a two-day fiesta. On March 7, llamas bring in wood for bonfires in a parade with flute and drum music, and in the evening bonfires blaze. The next day, his feast day, a procession takes the saint's image through the streets of Puno, and dancers and musicians create a festive atmosphere around the church. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: twisted

twist-grip - A bicycle grip that may be twisted to change the gears is a twist-grip. More...

pigtail - In the 17th century, it was tobacco twisted into a thin rope, which resembled the animal's tail. More...

torsibility - The tendency to untwist after being twisted; it is also the degree to which something can be twisted. More...

writhen - "Twisted or contorted out of shape." More...

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