Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, September 26, 2016)
Word of the Day

squalid

Definition:(adjective) Dirty and wretched, as from poverty or lack of care.
Synonyms:flyblown, sordid
Usage: They lived like beasts in great squalid labor-ghettos, festering in misery and degradation.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Mitigators

Mitigators, a subset of adverbs of degree, are adverbs or adverbials that modify adjectives and adverbs to reduce their intensity, making them seem less extreme or powerful. "Slightly" is an example of a mitigator. What are some others? More...
Article of the Day

The Elixir of Life

The elixir of life is a mythical potion said to confer immortality. The ancient Chinese thought that precious substances like gold and mercury brought longevity, and these ingredients were often used in their elixirs. Ironically, some metals are highly toxic and thus poisoned the longevity seekers who ingested them. Buddhism gave the Chinese alternate routes to immortality, but the elixir of life received renewed attention in the 18th century with what claims about the Comte de St. Germain? More...
This Day in History

The Parthenon Is Partially Destroyed by an Explosion (1687)

Built in the 5th century BCE on the Acropolis of Athens, the Parthenon was the chief temple of Athena in ancient Greece and the finest example of Doric architecture. In 1687, during the Venetian attack on Athens, the Turks used it for storing gunpowder. The stores were ignited during the bombardment, causing an explosion that partly destroyed the building. Still, its basic structure remains intact and reconstruction efforts are underway. Where is there a full-scale replica of the Parthenon? More...
Today's Birthday

Lewis Hine (1874)

Hine was an American photographer whose career began shortly after he bought his first camera in 1903. Devoted to capturing images of the dark side of the industrial revolution in the US, he documented the poverty of immigrants and the plight of child laborers. The power of his images placed him at the forefront of 20th-century documentary photographers and helped bring about the passage of child labor laws. Some of his most famous images document the construction of what iconic skyscraper? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is impossible for good or evil to last for ever; and hence it follows that the evil having lasted long, the good must be now nigh at hand.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

can't be bothered

Unwilling or disinclined to make the effort necessary to do or accomplish something. (Used in the present and past tenses almost interchangeably.) More...
Today's Holiday

Birthday of Appleseed (2019)

John Chapman—better known as Johnny Appleseed for his lifelong dedication to planting apple seedlings all over the American Midwest—was born on this day in 1774. While some frontier settlers thought he was a saint, or at the very least a religious fanatic, with his tin pot hat and coffee-sack tunic, the Native Americans regarded him as a great medicine man since he planted herbs as well as apples. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: hog

hog - A pig weighing more than 120 pounds. More...

high on the hog - An allusion to the upper portions of a pig being the best for eating. More...

swine, hog, pig - Swine is the collective (and ancestral) term for domesticated pigs and hogs; a hog is 120 pounds or more and ready for market, while a pig is immature and weighs less. More...

hog on ice - Known mainly from the title of the book by Charles Earle Funk (1948); it is from the expression "as independent as a hog on ice," in which hog refers to the stone in the game of curling when it comes to rest. More...

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