Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, April 24, 2020)
Word of the Day

forsake

Definition:(verb) Leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch.
Synonyms:desert, desolate, abandon
Usage: I pity the man who would forsake his own flesh and blood for mere money.
Daily Grammar Lesson

One-Syllable Adverbs

One-syllable adverbs are formed into comparatives by adding the suffix "-er" to the end of the word. What suffix is added to create the superlative form? More...
Article of the Day

Cat Coat Genetics

The genes that determine the length, pattern, coloration, and texture of a cat's fur are so complex that, theoretically, a practically countless number of distinct coats could be generated. These genes interact in such a way that they may cancel each other out in one generation only to manifest in the next. Some coloration is temperature-sensitive, creating cats that have darker fur on the tips of their bodies, where fur is cooler. Which type of cat looks like it has an M on its forehead? More...
This Day in History

Hersheypark Opens in Pennsylvania (1907)

Milton Hershey, founder of the Hershey Chocolate Company, originally created Hersheypark for his employees. Situated along a creek, it was a good spot for boating, picnicking, and enjoying baseball, which is what visitors did on the park's first day in 1907. The next year, the park added its first ride, a carousel. Over the decades, as the park acquired more attractions, it grew from a regional amusement to a national attraction. The entrance sign once directed "ye who enter here" to do what? More...
Today's Birthday

Sue Taylor Grafton (1940)

A onetime screenwriter, Grafton began writing detective novels after a bitter and protracted custody battle left her daydreaming about the vengeful crimes she would have liked to commit but could not. As a means of escape, she created private detective Kinsey Millhone, the protagonist in a series of alphabet-titled novels such as A is for Alibi and B is for Burglar. After G Is for Gumshoe, she was able to quit screenwriting. Why won't she sell the film rights to her books? More...
Quotation of the Day
The only obligation to which in advance we may hold a novel, without incurring the accusation of being arbitrary, is that it be interesting.

Henry James (1843-1916)

Idiom of the Day

have the floor

To have the right or opportunity to speak in a group, especially at a formal event or gathering. More...
Today's Holiday

Tribeca Film Festival (2020)

The Tribeca Film Festival was founded in 2002 in response to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. The festival's founders—actor Robert De Niro, film producer Jane Rosenthal, and philanthropist Craig Hatkoff—believed a festival devoted to music, culture, and independent film would restore Lower Manhattan as a major center for filmmaking. Juries decide on the best films in competitions in the categories of documentary, feature, and short film. There are also panel talks, music performances, and workshops for aspiring filmmakers. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: magic

aeaeae - Meaning "magic," it is derived from aealae artes, "magic arts." More...

elicit - Comes from a Latin stem meaning "draw forth by magic or trickery." More...

glamour - First meant "magic, enchantment" or "art of contriving magic spells." More...

magic - Named for the magi, who were regarded as magicians. More...

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