Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, June 16, 2018)
Word of the Day

earsplitting

Definition:(adjective) Loud and shrill enough to hurt the ears.
Synonyms:deafening, thunderous
Usage: When the little boy throws a tantrum, he lets loose with the most fearful, earsplitting screams.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Adverbs of Place

Adverbs of place tell us about an aspect of location associated with the action of a verb, specifying the direction, distance, movement, or position involved. Because adverbs of place are specific to actions of verbs, they cannot be used to modify adverbs or adjectives—with one exception. What is it? More...
Article of the Day

Ouzo

Ouzo is a clear, anise-flavored liqueur made exclusively in Greece. While some say that its name derives from the Turkish word üzüm—meaning grape—a popular anecdote claims that it actually comes from the Italian phrase uso Massalia, meaning "for use in Marseilles." According to the story, the phrase became synonymous with "superior quality" after being stamped on crates of silkworm cocoons exported in the 19th century. Why does ouzo turn white when mixed with water or ice? More...
This Day in History

Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho Opens in New York (1960)

Groundbreaking in its depiction of sex and graphic violence and in its exploration of mental illness, Psycho is often seen as marking a turning point in film history, simultaneously labeled as the first slasher film and a work of cinematic art. The film's "shower scene" has taken on an iconic status as one of the most terrifying scenes ever filmed. What blooper did Hitchcock's wife reportedly notice during one of the film's final screenings before its official release? More...
Today's Birthday

Katharine Graham (1917)

Graham was publisher of The Washington Post from 1963 to 1979 and was at the helm when the paper played an integral role in breaking the Watergate scandal that led to US President Richard Nixon's resignation. One of the first women in the US to head a prestigious national newspaper, Graham had few female role models. She became a trailblazer for women in journalism and won a Pulitzer Prize for her autobiography, Personal History. How did she come to head up the Post? More...
Quotation of the Day
Take nothing on its looks; take everything on evidence. There's no better rule.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Idiom of the Day

the wrong crowd

A group of people, typically peers, who partake in and elicit immoral, criminal, and/or dangerous behavior and attitudes. More...
Today's Holiday

South Africa Youth Day (2022)

Throughout the history of South Africa, black citizens have suffered from segregation and oppression by white leaders. On June 16, 1976, more than 20,000 students from Soweto began a protest march. Police were called to the scene, and violent riots broke out. Approximately 700 people, many of them youths, were killed. June 16 has been set aside as Youth Day across the Republic of South Africa, to commemorate the day the protests began and to honor the youth who lost their lives during the riots. Ceremonies, parades, and historic exhibitions are part of the celebrations across South Africa. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: model

phantom - A model of a baby used in obstetric demonstration. More...

configure - First meant "fashion according to a model." More...

pattern - Comes from patron, "something serving as a model." More...

Frisbee - Was modeled on pie tins from Mrs. Frisbie's Pies—made by the Frisbie Bakery of Bridgeport, Connecticut—which students began tossing around in the 1920s. More...

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