Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, January 28, 2018)
Word of the Day

forswear

Definition:(verb) Formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually under pressure.
Synonyms:abjure, recant, resile, retract
Usage: "It's rank poison," said he, grasping the bottle by the neck, "and I forswear it! I've given up gambling, and I'll give up this too."
Daily Grammar Lesson

Personal Pronouns and Grammatical Person

Grammatical person refers to the perspectives of the personal pronouns used to identify a person in speech and text—that is, it distinguishes between a speaker, an addressee, and others beyond that. Which of those examples is the second person? More...
Article of the Day

DEET

DEET is the abbreviation of N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide, a chemical compound commonly used as an insect repellent. DEET was developed by the US Army following its experience with jungle warfare during World War II and entered civilian use in 1957. Intended to be applied to skin or clothing to protect against tick and mosquito bites, it is believed to work by blocking the receptors insects use to locate hosts. What potential detrimental health effects have been linked to its use? More...
This Day in History

Lego Patents Its Interlocking Plastic Bricks (1958)

The founder of Lego, a Danish carpenter named Ole Kirk Christiansen, began making wooden toys in 1932. By the late 1940s, he had begun making plastic ones, including "automatic binding bricks," which he patented in 1958. Today, Lego produces roughly 20 billion of those bricks annually, and today's pieces are still compatible with the originals. By producing some 306 million miniature, functioning replicas of this item each year, Lego could be considered the world's leading manufacturer of what? More...
Today's Birthday

Colette (1873)

In her highly eventful life, French novelist Colette freely flouted convention and repeatedly scandalized the public, but by her later years, she had become a national icon. Her numerous novels are marked by sensitive observations—particularly of women—and an intimate style. Among her works are The Vagabond, a fictionalized account of her time as a music-hall performer, and Gigi, a comedy about a girl reared to be courtesan. In 1907, she nearly caused a riot by doing what on stage? More...
Quotation of the Day
I don't think of the past. The only thing that matters is the everlasting present.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

look (at something) through rose-colored glasses

To assume a generally optimistic and cheerful attitude (toward something); to focus on the positive aspects (of something). Primarily heard in US. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Charlemagne's Day (2018)

Charlemagne wasn't actually a saint at all; he was an emperor and the first ruler of the Holy Roman Empire, crowned in 800 by Pope Leo III. Although he was never able to read and write himself, Charlemagne, whose name means "Charles the Great," founded the University of Paris. In fact, his reign was marked by a huge cultural revival, including significant advances in scholarship, literature, and philosophy. He died on January 28, 814. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: nimble

agile - Means having quick motion and being nimble, from Latin agere, "to do." More...

flippant - Once meant "flexible, nimble, pliant." More...

chopsticks - In Chinese, the word for chopsticks originally meant "quick sticks" or "nimble ones." More...

wieldy - Means "easily controlled or handled," and once meant "agile, nimble." More...

In the News

Concerns Grow That Infections From 'Zombie Deer' Meat Can Jump To Humans

Would you eat venison if there was a chance it could slowly eat away at your brain? If there's a slight possibility, it doesn't bother Patrick States. On the menu this evening for his wife and two daughters at their Northglenn, Colo., home are pan-seared ... More...
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