Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, May 22, 2017)
Word of the Day

degage

Definition:(adjective) Showing lack of emotional involvement.
Synonyms:detached, uninvolved
Usage: Mrs. Smith was not easily impressed by excuses, and she adopted a degage pose on the arm of the easy chair as her son tried to explain why he missed dinner.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Regular and Irregular Inflection

Regular inflection is governed by consistent, predictable rules. Irregular inflection doesn’t seem to follow any rules or conventions at all. What are some examples of irregular inflection? More...
Article of the Day

Green Man

A legendary pagan spirit later adopted by the Christian church, the Green Man is often depicted as a male figure covered in foliage or as a face surrounded by, made of, or sprouting leaves. He is represented in a variety of English church carvings made between the 11th and 20th centuries. From the Renaissance onward, elaborate variations on the Green Man theme began to appear in many other media. Which popular folklore characters are associated with the Green Man? More...
This Day in History

Johnny Carson Hosts The Tonight Show for Last Time (1992)

Carson hosted NBC's The Tonight Show from 1962 to 1992. His personable demeanor and wry sense of humor appealed to viewers, and during his tenure, the show became America's most popular late-night program. The show's familiar formula included sidekick Ed McMahon introducing Carson by announcing, "Heeere's Johnny!," followed by Carson's monologue, and then guest interviews and occasional comedy sketches. How many people tuned in to watch his last show? More...
Today's Birthday

Giacomo Matteotti (1885)

Matteotti was an Italian Socialist leader, member of parliament, and outspoken opponent of the Fascist regime during its early days. His death at the hands of Fascist hirelings precipitated a parliamentary crisis that Mussolini overcame by disavowing the murder and tightening police control. It could be said that Mussolini's dictatorship began when he crushed the opposition aroused by this assassination. Mussolini's role in Matteotti's death remains a subject of debate. How was Matteotti killed? More...
Quotation of the Day
Every man is as heaven made him, and sometimes a great deal worse.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

get taken to task (by someone)

To be scolded, rebuked, reprimanded, or criticized (by someone). More...
Today's Holiday

Fiesta of Santa Rita (2022)

Villagers in Apastepeque, San Vicente Department, El Salvador, celebrate Santa Rita's feast day with a dance-drama called the Dance of the Tunco de Monte, or Wild Pig, an Indian dance going back to pre-Christian times. One person dresses in pig skins and pretends to be a pig, while other dancers portray various other stock characters. They enact the chasing and, finally, killing of the pig. At the concluding "feast," the hunter who has caught the pig alternates between praying to Santa Rita for the welfare of the village and cracking jokes. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: swindle

confidence trick - First a swindle in which the victim was persuaded to entrust money or valuables to the swindler. More...

swindler, swindle - Swindler and swindle are from German Schwindler, "promoter of wild schemes; cheat." More...

chizz - To chizz someone is to cheat or swindle them. More...

honeyfugle, honeyfuggle - To honeyfugle or honeyfuggle is to dupe, deceive, or swindle. More...

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