Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, October 9, 2017)
Word of the Day

unfledged

Definition:(adjective) Not having the feathers necessary to fly. Used of a young bird.
Synonyms:immature
Usage: A small, unfledged sparrow sat on the window sill, where it hungrily waited for its mother and breakfast.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Common Errors with Compound Sentences

Compound sentences are made up of at least two independent clauses expressing closely related ideas of equal or similar importance that are joined using a comma and a conjunction or just a semicolon. What are the two most common errors that occur with compound sentences? More...
Article of the Day

F for Fake

F for Fake (1974) is the last major film completed by Orson Welles. It is a brilliantly edited investigation of the nature of authorship and authenticity, incorporating the story of professional art forger Elmyr de Hory, Clifford Irving's fabricated biography of Howard Hughes, and Welles's personal reflections on his infamous broadcast of The War of the Worlds. Early in the film, Welles vows that everything seen in the next hour will be true. What happens exactly one hour later? 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
Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

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

Live Hockey Match May Elevate Your Heart Rate By 75 percent

The nail-biting moments of a hockey match can prove to be a bit too much for your heart to fathom, quite literally. The highs and lows of a thrilling match may leave you at the edge of your seats but the stress that accompanies it may lead to elevated heart ... More...
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