Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, May 13, 2021)
Word of the Day

flyaway

Definition:(adjective) Guided by whim and fancy.
Synonyms:flighty, head-in-the-clouds, scatterbrained
Usage: The flyaway young girl came to the formal dinner covered in dirt, as she had opted to roll down the hill instead of going around it like her sisters.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Causative Verbs

Causative verbs indicate that a person, place, or thing is causing an action or an event to happen. What are some examples of causative verbs? More...
Article of the Day

Electricity

Electrical phenomena, caused by the presence and flow of electric charge, have been studied since antiquity. Static electricity was the first of them to be recognized and investigated. As early as 600 BCE, certain cultures had discovered that rubbing amber with fur caused it to attract light objects such as feathers. Some 2,200 years later, English scientist William Gilbert coined the term "electricity" to describe the electrification of substances. How did he come up with the word? More...
This Day in History

Pope John Paul II Shot in Vatican City (1981)

In 1981, Pope John Paul II was shot in Vatican City's St. Peter's Square by Turkish terrorist Mehmet Ali Agca, who was captured and imprisoned. Although the pontiff was shot in the stomach, he recovered and publicly forgave his would-be assassin. In spite of the physical setback caused by the shooting, he continued to travel widely, eventually visiting 129 nations and increasing the international character of the papacy. What now marks the site of the shooting in St. Peter's Square? More...
Today's Birthday

Jim Jones (1931)

An influential Indianapolis preacher, Jones formed the People's Temple in 1955. After he became the subject of criminal investigations, particularly regarding his alleged diversion of cult members' donations for his personal use, he and about 1,000 followers relocated to Jonestown, Guyana, in 1977. In 1978, cult members killed US Representative Leo Ryan and four others during an investigatory visit. The next day, Jones orchestrated the mass murder-suicide of how many of his followers? More...
Quotation of the Day
Our inventions are wont to be pretty toys, which distract our attention from serious things. They are but improved means to an unimproved end.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Idiom of the Day

in no circumstances

Never; in no case or situation; irrespective of events or conditions. More...
Today's Holiday

Lemuralia (2021)

In ancient Rome, the lemures were the ghosts of the family's dead, who were considered to be troublesome and therefore had to be exorcized on a regular basis. The Lemuralia, or Lemuria, was a yearly festival held on the 9th, 11th, and 13th of May to get rid of the lemures. Participants walked barefoot, cleansed their hands three times, and threw black beans behind them nine times to appease the spirits of the dead. On the third day of the festival, a merchants' festival was held to ensure a prosperous year for business. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: hog

hog - A pig weighing more than 120 pounds. More...

high on the hog - An allusion to the upper portions of a pig being the best for eating. More...

swine, hog, pig - Swine is the collective (and ancestral) term for domesticated pigs and hogs; a hog is 120 pounds or more and ready for market, while a pig is immature and weighs less. More...

hog on ice - Known mainly from the title of the book by Charles Earle Funk (1948); it is from the expression "as independent as a hog on ice," in which hog refers to the stone in the game of curling when it comes to rest. More...

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