Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, June 27, 2019)
Word of the Day

thin-skinned

Definition:(adjective) Quick to take offense.
Synonyms:huffy, touchy, feisty
Usage: My thin-skinned students often mistake my constructive criticism for personal attacks.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Mitigators

Mitigators are adverbs or adverbials that modify adjectives and adverbs to reduce their intensity, making them seem less extreme or powerful. What is the difference between mitigators and intensifiers? More...
Article of the Day

The Tower of London

The Tower of London is an ancient fortress covering approximately 13 acres (5.3 hectares) on the northern bank of the River Thames. The central keep, known as the White Tower because it was built of limestone, was begun around 1078 by William I the Conqueror and became the nucleus of a series of concentric defenses. The Tower, now used mainly as a museum, was a royal residence in the Middle Ages and later a jail for illustrious prisoners such as Anne Boleyn, Guy Fawkes, and what future queen? More...
This Day in History

World's First ATM Installed in Enfield, London (1967)

ATMs, or automated teller machines, can be used by bank customers to process several different kinds of account transactions, such as cash withdrawals, deposits, and fund transfers, and to review account statements and balances. Most consider the world's first ATM to be the one invented by John Shepherd-Barron and installed by Barclays Bank in North London on June 27, 1967. However, a mechanical bank deposit box, arguably an ATM, was installed in New York how many years earlier? More...
Today's Birthday

Helen Keller (1880)

Blind and deaf from the age of two, Helen Keller was placed in the care of Anne Sullivan, who acted as her teacher and companion for 49 years. Under Sullivan's tutelage, Keller made rapid progress, eventually graduating from Radcliffe College with honors. She later became a world-famous lecturer and advocate for people with disabilities. The Miracle Worker, a play based on Keller's autobiography, chronicles her remarkable journey. What was the first word Keller learned? More...
Quotation of the Day
When we quarrel, how we wish we had been blameless.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

throw (some) shapes

slang To dance, especially to popular music. Primarily heard in UK. More...
Today's Holiday

Tajikistan Day of National Unity (2022)

On June 27, 1997, a treaty was signed between Islamic rebels and the Russian-backed Tajikistan government, bringing to an end a five-year-long civil war. The day is remembered as the Day of National Unity. On the Day of National Unity in 2007, the Tajik parliament passed a law granting amnesty to all rebels who had fought against the government, provided they had not committed murder, rape, human or drug trafficking, or terrorism. Some 2,000 prison inmates were released under the new law. The 2007 commemoration also marked the opening of 11 new buildings in the city of Dushanbe. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: jerk

flounce - Can mean a sudden fling or jerk of the body or a limb. More...

hike - As a walk, it evolved from its original meaning of "to jerk or pull" (oneself along). More...

jerk - As in jerked meat (e.g. beef jerky), it is from American Spanish and Quechua charqui, "dried flesh." More...

weight lifting, power lifting - Weight lifting is specifically the press, the clean and jerk, and the snatch; power lifting is the bench press, squat, and dead lift. More...

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