Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, June 22, 2022)
Word of the Day

perspicacious

Definition:(adjective) Having or showing penetrating mental discernment; clear-sighted.
Synonyms:sagacious, sapient
Usage: She was much too perspicacious to be taken in by such a spurious argument.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Prepositions and Indirect Objects

Some transitive verbs are able to take both direct objects and indirect objects (people or things that receive the direct object of the verb). If a verb is capable of taking an indirect object, that person or thing appears immediately after the verb and before the direct object. We can also place it after the direct object with the preposition "to," in which case it is no longer a true indirect object but what? More...
Article of the Day

Phillips Exeter Academy

Exeter is one of the preeminent boarding schools in the world, along with Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, and Eton College in England. Famous for its demanding and rigorous academics, Exeter also boasts one of the largest endowments of any secondary school in the US. Graduates typically matriculate to elite colleges, a tradition that has solidified the school's long-standing relationships with Ivy League and other prestigious universities. Who are some of the academy's famous alumni? More...
This Day in History

Cuyahoga River Catches Fire (1969)

Famously described in a Time magazine article as a river that "oozes rather than flows" and a waterway in which a person "does not drown but decays," Ohio's Cuyahoga River used to be so heavily polluted that it actually caught fire—on more than one occasion. The river fire of 1969, which received national media attention, helped spur the environmental movement of the late 1960s and prompted the creation of the US Environmental Protection Agency. When else has the river caught fire? More...
Today's Birthday

George Vancouver (1757)

Vancouver was an English navigator and explorer who sailed on Captain James Cook's second and third voyages. In 1791, he set out for the northwest coast of America, traveling east. He rounded the Cape of Good Hope, explored the coasts of Australia and New Zealand, and visited Tahiti and the Hawaiian Islands. He then reached the American coast and surveyed it for three years. In the course of his journeys, he circumnavigated the island that now bears his name. What was it originally called? More...
Quotation of the Day
LOVE: A word properly applied to our delight in particular kinds of food; sometimes metaphorically spoken of the favorite objects of all our appetites.

Henry Fielding (1707-1754)

Idiom of the Day

this, that, and the other

Miscellany; a lot of different, varying things. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Alban's Day (2022)

St. Alban is the first and best known of all the English saints and martyrs. He was a soldier living as a pagan in the town of Verulamium, probably during the 3rd century, when a Christian priest named Amphibalus, pursued by Roman persecutors, begged for refuge in his house. Alban took him in and was soon converted by him and baptized. When he could conceal Amphibalus no longer, Alban changed clothes with him and gave himself up as the priest. Alban was brought before the governor, condemned, and beheaded. A shrine was later erected in Verulamium, and the town was renamed St. Albans. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: vanilla

hard sauce - Contains butter and sugar, with brandy, rum, or vanilla. More...

oak - In the flavor of wines, it comes from oak cases and is similar to coconut or vanilla. More...

vanilla - Can mean "having no special features." More...

white chocolate - A blend of cocoa butter, milk solids and sugar and vanilla, it used in candy bars and baking and coatings; it is not technically chocolate because it contains no chocolate liqueur. More...

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