Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, October 9, 2015)
Word of the Day

sander

Definition:(noun) A power tool used for sanding wood; a loop of sandpaper is moved at high speed by an electric motor.
Synonyms:smoother
Usage: After tearing up the old carpeting, they used a sander to smooth the splintered hardwood floor.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Mood

Grammatical mood refers to the way in which a verb is used to express certain meaning by the speaker or writer. Moods are broken down into two main categories. What are they? More...
Article of the Day

Rock, Paper, Scissors

Rock, Paper, Scissors (RPS) is a hand game, often played by children, that is used as a selection method similar to drawing straws. Though seemingly random, an experienced and attentive player can sometimes recognize the behavior patterns of other players and use this knowledge to his advantage. The game involves 3 hand gestures, each representing rock, paper, or scissors. Each gesture beats one of the other two. In 2006, US Federal Judge Gregory Presnell used RPS to settle a court dispute; how? More...
This Day in History

Landslide in Italy Claims More Than 2,000 Lives (1963)

One of the highest dams in the world, the Vaiont Dam was constructed on the Vaiont River about 60 mi (100 km) north of Venice, Italy. Two years after its completion, a massive landslide fell into its reservoir, causing the stored water to spill over the dam, sweeping away the village of Longarone and flooding several nearby towns. Some 2,000 people drowned. The dam itself surprisingly remained intact. In 2008, who cited the disaster as one of five "cautionary tales" for engineers and geologists? More...
Today's Birthday

Ruth Ellis (1926)

Ellis has the notorious distinction of being the last woman executed in the UK. In 1955, a jury took just 14 minutes to convict her of murdering her lover, racecar driver David Blakely. The two had had a volatile relationship, and Ellis had previously suffered a miscarriage as a result of a punch to the stomach from Blakely, but this mattered little after she admitted openly in court that she had shot him with the intention of killing him. In what film does Ellis have an uncredited cameo? More...
Quotation of the Day
Plagiarists are always suspicious of being stolen from.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)

Idiom of the Day

(as) sick as a parrot

Thoroughly displeased, disappointed, or dejected (about something). Primarily heard in UK. More...
Today's Holiday

Uganda Independence Day (2018)

This national holiday commemorates Uganda's independence from Britain on this day in 1962, after 70 years of British rule. Uganda became a republic in 1963 on its one-year independence anniversary. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: knight

esquire - At its root, it means "shield bearer (in service to a knight)," from Latin scutarius. More...

forget-me-nots - May have gotten their name from the last words of a knight who drowned while trying to pick these flowers by a riverside. More...

heart on one's sleeve - Comes from chivalry, when a knight wore a scarf or other item from his lady tied to his sleeve. More...

In the News

Fossil Could Settle the Debate over Whether Early Birds Really Did Fly

We know some dinosaurs had feathers, but there remains plenty of debate over whether prehistoric birds such as Archaeopteryx could actually take to the air and fly. A new study in Scientific Reports goes some ways to answering that question with the ... More...
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