Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, January 17, 2018)
Word of the Day

specious

Definition:(adjective) Based on pretense; deceptively pleasing.
Synonyms:gilded, meretricious
Usage: "You are a specious fellow," returned Sir John, fixing his eyes upon him, "and carry two faces under your hood, as well as the best."
Daily Grammar Lesson

Modal Auxiliary Verbs - Might

The modal verb "might" is most often used to express an unlikely or uncertain possibility. How is "might" used in reported speech? More...
Article of the Day

Amanita muscaria

Amanita muscaria is a psychoactive species of mushroom found throughout the world. The quintessential toadstool, it can be recognized by its bright red cap and white spots, which have made it a fixture in pop culture media such as the Super Mario Bros. series. Famed for its hallucinogenic properties, it is sometimes used in religious rituals but is generally considered poisonous and can act as an insecticide. How is Amanita muscaria related to Santa Claus and his flying reindeer? More...
This Day in History

Captain James Cook Crosses Antarctic Circle (1773)

An explorer, navigator, and map maker, Cook sailed the Pacific Ocean between 1768 and 1779 and, with the help of new timekeeping instruments, drew the first accurate navigational maps of the area. He became the one of the first people to cross the Antarctic Circle as well as the first European to land on the Hawaiian islands, where he may have been identified by native Hawaiians as the representation of their god Lono. How did this misunderstanding contribute to his death? More...
Today's Birthday

Benjamin Franklin (1706)

Regarded as one of the most extraordinary public servants in American history, Franklin was also a printer, publisher, author, scientist, and inventor. After gaining popularity as the publisher of Poor Richard's Almanack, he promoted public services in Philadelphia, including a library and a fire department. In 1776, he went to France to seek aid for the American Revolution, and in 1787 he was instrumental in the adoption of the US Constitution. What musical instrument did he invent? More...
Quotation of the Day
Every limit is a beginning as well as an ending.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

curse a blue streak

To use profane language with great rapidity and intensity. More...
Today's Holiday

Benjamin Franklin's Birthday (2019)

Born in Boston on this day in 1706, Benjamin Franklin helped edit, and was a signer of, the Declaration of Independence. He also helped to frame the Constitution. When he died in 1790 in Philadelphia, he was given the most impressive funeral that city had ever seen: 20,000 people attended. In Philadelphia, the Franklin Institute Science Museum holds a two-day "birthday bash" that often involves people dressing as Franklin. The celebration takes place on the weekend preceding Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, which is the Monday after Jan. 15. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: religion

nullifidian - Someone having no faith or religion; a disbeliever. More...

apostasy - Abandonment or renunciation of one's religion or morals. More...

renegade - First referred to a person who abandons one religion for another. More...

secular - Has a root meaning of "temporal"—opposed to the eternity of the church—and means "not connected to a religion." More...

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