Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, August 28, 2021)
Word of the Day

nonpareil

Definition:(noun) A person or thing that is unsurpassed or unmatched; peerless example.
Synonyms:nonesuch, apotheosis, ideal, paragon, saint
Usage: An 'Only' is a nonpareil, the feller that does one kind of a turn better'n any other feller.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Object Complements

An object complement is a word or group of words that describes, renames, or completes the direct object of the verb. Which parts of speech can be object complements? More...
Article of the Day

St. Pierre and Miquelon

The sole remnant of France's once vast territory in North America, St. Pierre and Miquelon is an archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean south of the Canadian island of Newfoundland. France and Britain fought over control of the islands for centuries, until France finally retook them for good in 1814. The area was a hotbed of alcohol smuggling during the US prohibition era and has the odd distinction being the only place in North America where a guillotine was ever used. What is the "Mouth of Hell"? More...
This Day in History

Lynching of 14-Year-Old Boy Helps Inspire US Civil Rights Movement (1955)

At age 14, African-American Emmett Till was murdered in Mississippi after reportedly whistling at a white woman, Carolyn Bryant, in a grocery store. Her husband and his half-brother beat Till, shot him in the head, and dumped his body in the Tallahatchie River, weighing it down by tying a metal fan around his neck with barbed wire. Till's body was pulled from the river three days later. What decision made by Till's mother about her son's funeral helped bring attention to his brutal murder? More...
Today's Birthday

Vladimir Shukhov (1853)

Though less widely known than his contemporaries Thomas Edison and Gustave Eiffel, Russian engineer, scientist, and architect Vladimir Shukhov has drawn comparisons to both of them. His innovations in the petroleum refining process and the means of transporting petroleum products revolutionized the oil industry, while his architectural works were of a sort never seen before. He pioneered the construction of thin-shell and tensile structures as well as what innovative type of curved structure? More...
Quotation of the Day
In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.

James Madison (1751-1836)

Idiom of the Day

make (the) baby Jesus cry

To be offensive, immoral, unethical, in poor taste, etc., as might cause or provoke the displeasure or disapproval of Jesus Christ. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of St. Augustine of Hippo (2021)

St. Augustine is best known for his spiritual autobiography, the Confessions, which detail the excesses of his youth, his career as a teacher of rhetoric, his years as a believer in Manicheism and Platonism, and his belated conversion to Christianity. It is primarily for his writings that he is known as the patron saint of theologians and scholars, and one of the "Four Latin Fathers" of the Christian Church. When a company of Spanish soldiers landed on the coast of Florida on St. Augustine's Day in 1565, they named the U.S.'s oldest European community after him. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: vertical

vertical tasting - Wine tasting in order of year of vintage. More...

lateral thinking, vertical thinking - Lateral thinking is illogical; vertical thinking is logical. More...

ordinate, abscissa - The ordinate or Y axis is vertical; the abscissa or X axis is horizontal. More...

vertical integration - The merging of companies that are within the chain of companies that handle a single item from raw material production to retail sale. More...

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