Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, May 4, 2021)
Word of the Day

conflate

Definition:(verb) Mix together different elements.
Synonyms:coalesce, fuse, mix, merge, commingle, flux, blend, meld, combine
Usage: My kids think that I spend all day making up bedtime stories for them, but in truth, I spin each yarn as I go and merely conflate elements from various fairy tales rather than concoct a new narrative.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Adverbs of Frequency

Adverbs of frequency (sometimes called frequency adverbs) tell us how often something happens or is the case. They cannot be used to modify what part of speech? More...
Article of the Day

Nasreddin

Nasreddin is a semi-historical, legendary wise man and wit who features in the folklore of many peoples of the Middle East and Asia. He is said to have lived in Turkey in the 13th century. As tales about him spread throughout the world, he came to be known by a variety of names and titles. Most of the thousands of Nasreddin stories are humorous anecdotes that can be seen to convey morals or deeper meanings that seemingly transcend cultures and national borders. What are some Nasreddin tales? More...
This Day in History

Margaret Thatcher Becomes Prime Minister of the UK (1979)

Thatcher was Great Britain's first female prime minister and served longer than any other British prime minister in the 20th century. While in office, she initiated what became known as the "Thatcher Revolution," a series of social and economic changes that dismantled many aspects of Britain's postwar welfare state, establishing free-market economic policies and deregulating industries. Before embarking on her political career, she was a research chemist working with what popular dessert food? More...
Today's Birthday

Hosni Mubarak (1928)

After ascending the ranks of the Egyptian Air Force, Mubarak was appointed vice president of the Arab Republic of Egypt and became president after Anwar Sadat was assassinated in 1981. As president, Mubarak sought to combat economic problems, but his rule suppressed legitimate dissent, tolerated widespread corruption, and faced continued opposition from militant Muslim fundamentalists. Protests in early 2011 led the military to force him to resign. How many days had these protests lasted? More...
Quotation of the Day
The world is quickly bored by the recital of misfortune, and willingly avoids the sight of distress.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

steely-eyed

With or having a fierce intensity in one's expression. More...
Today's Holiday

Rhode Island Independence Day (2022)

Rhode Island was the first and only state to declare its independence from England entirely on its own. On May 4, 1776, both houses of the General Assembly renounced the colony's allegiance to Great Britain—a full two months before the rest of the colonies followed suit on July 4. Rhode Islanders celebrate this event during May, which is Rhode Island Heritage Month, with flag-raising ceremonies, cannon salutes, and parades of local patriotic, veterans', and scouting organizations. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: perfect

A-OK - Astronauts on the Mercury Project in 1961 popularized A-OK, meaning "excellent, perfect"; it was coined by blending the adjective "A," as in A-one or A1, meaning "first-class," with "OK." More...

palinoia - The compulsive repetition of an act until it is perfect. More...

parfait - Literally French for "perfect." More...

perfect binding - A book bound by gluing instead of sewing. More...

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