Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, October 25, 2015)
Word of the Day

swellhead

Definition:(noun) A person regarded as arrogant or conceited.
Synonyms:egoist, egotist
Usage: He was dismissed by many as a swellhead, but his ridiculously high estimation of himself sustained him through all sorts of challenging situations.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Declension

Declension collectively refers to the inflection of nouns, pronouns, adjectives, and adverbs to reflect certain aspects of how they are used in a sentence. What two things does the declension of nouns reflect? More...
Article of the Day

Dark Matter

Dark matter is a hypothetical form of matter that is believed to make up more than 90% of the mass of the universe but is not readily visible because it neither emits nor absorbs light. Its existence could explain gravitational anomalies observed in the motion and distribution of galaxies. In 1993, astronomers identified part of the dark matter in the form of stray planets and brown dwarfs, and, possibly, stars that have failed to ignite. What acronym is used to refer to this hot, dark matter? More...
This Day in History

The Charge of the Light Brigade (1854)

The Charge of the Light Brigade, immortalized in Alfred, Lord Tennyson's poem of the same name, was an ill-advised British cavalry assault on Russian forces during the Crimean War. As a result of miscommunication, British soldiers advanced on heavily armed Russian troops who thought their attackers must be drunk. Though hundreds of British soldiers were killed or injured in this battle, their commander, the Earl of Cardigan, not only survived but did what immediately after the battle? More...
Today's Birthday

Richard Evelyn Byrd (1888)

A pioneer in aviation and exploration, Byrd was a member of the first expeditions to fly over the North and South Poles, undertaken in 1926 and 1929 respectively. The North Pole flight earned him a Congressional Medal of Honor and helped him secure funding for his subsequent expeditions, like the one to Antarctica two years later. From the base he established there, he went on to explore and map large areas of the continent. Why do some believe he was undeserving of the Medal of Honor? More...
Quotation of the Day
Charm, in most men and nearly all women, is a decoration.

E. M. Forster (1879-1970)

Idiom of the Day

pay dirt

Something very, particularly, or abundantly valuable or useful, especially that which has been discovered after a long or arduous search. Used especially in the phrase "hit/strike pay dirt." More...
Today's Holiday

Grenada Thanksgiving Day (2018)

On October 25, 1983, the U.S. and other Caribbean forces invaded Grenada to destabilize the Communist regime that had overthrown the government of Sir Eric Gairy in 1979. Democratic elections were held in December 1984. October 25 is observed as Thanksgiving Day, a public holiday in Grenada. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: refuge

asylum - Comes from Greek asulon, "refuge," from asulos, "inviolable." More...

bast - A word for an asylum, refuge, or sanctuary. More...

harbor - First meant "shelter" and "lodging," and that is how the word first entered English place-names, as a "place of shelter; refuge" for a crowd of people. A port is a haven for vessels and it is equipped for loading and unloading ships, while a harbor is a haven for vessels but does not necessarily have onshore facilities. More...

redoubt - Has no connection to "doubt," but comes from French redoute and Latin reductus, "hidden place, refuge, stronghold." More...

In the News

Prehistoric Turtle Had a Snout Like a Pig

"It's one of the weirdest turtles that ever lived," said Joshua Lively, author of a new study on the discovery of a turtle with the snout of a pig that lived 76 million years ago. The ancient turtle lived during the age of dinosaurs, existing alongside ... More...
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