Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, May 20, 2017)
Word of the Day

apportionment

Definition:(noun) The act of distributing by allotting or apportioning; distribution according to a plan.
Synonyms:parceling, assignation, allocation, allotment
Usage: The apportionment of seats in the House of Representatives is based on the relative population of each state.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Prepositions with Verbs

Certain verbs require prepositions in order to connect to their sentences’ objects. These combinations are also known as prepositional verbs. How do prepositional verbs differ from phrasal verbs? More...
Article of the Day

Marking Cards

Often used for card tricks or to cheat when gambling, card marking is the process of altering playing cards so that the suit, rank, or both are surreptitiously revealed to the card marker or a conspirator. The practice has evolved over the years from adding bends or bumps to cards to using various inks and scratches, and today's card markers use sophisticated "shade" technology to add marks that can only be read with special sunglasses, contact lenses, or what other high-tech system? More...
This Day in History

Shake-Speares Sonnets First Published (1609)

Shakespeare penned 154 sonnets in his lifetime. Likely written sometime in the 1590s, the majority of the poems were first published in a 1609 work titled Shake-Speares Sonnets. The first 126 of the 154 sonnets are addressed to a young man whose identity has long intrigued scholars. The publisher, Thomas Thorpe, wrote a dedication to the first edition in which he claimed that a person with the initials WH had inspired the sonnets. What are some theories about who the man might have been? More...
Today's Birthday

Dolley Madison (1768)

Dolley Madison was the wife of US President James Madison, whom she married in 1794, after the death of her first husband. Noted for her magnificence as a hostess as well as for her charm, Dolley was an extremely popular first lady and was a great asset to Madison's political career. During the War of 1812, she saved many state papers and a portrait of George Washington from the advancing British soldiers. Why did she perform the duties of the first lady during Thomas Jefferson's administration? More...
Quotation of the Day
Judge the goodness of a book by the energy of the punches it has given you. I believe the greatest characteristic of genius, is, above all, force.

Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880)

Idiom of the Day

fountain of youth

Anything reputed or promising to restore one's youth, vitality, or health, or at least the appearance thereof. More...
Today's Holiday

Cameroon National Day (2019)

National Day is a public holiday commemorating the people's vote to establish a united Republic of Cameroon on May 20, 1972. This day is also known as Constitution Day. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: useful

alpha version, preview version, beta version - Alpha version describes a development status that usually means the first complete version of a program or application, which is most likely unstable, but is useful to show what the product will do to, usually, a selected group—and is also called preview version; the beta version is usually the last version before wide release, often tested by users under real-world conditions. More...

index fossil - One useful for dating and demonstrating the relation between strata in which it is found. More...

putti - Cupids that make themselves useful, as in old paintings; the singular is putto. More...

decorative arts - Any of the arts that create entities that are both useful and beautiful. More...

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