Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, November 28, 2017)
Word of the Day

jubilate

Definition:(verb) To express great joy.
Synonyms:exuberate, exult, rejoice, triumph
Usage: Today is a day to jubilate in the knowledge that we are truly free.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using "May" to Express Future Wishes

The modal verb "may" is used in more formal language to express a wish or desire that something will be the case in the future. When "may" is used in this way, what happens to the subject in the sentence? More...
Article of the Day

The Velvet Worm

Often called the "missing link" between annelids—such as earthworms and leeches—and arthropods—such as crustaceans, insects, and centipedes—velvet worms are found in wet, warm to temperate habitats on several continents. They are named for the feel of their skin, which is covered in fine hairs. Velvet worms are predators that can immobilize animals several times their own size with an adhesive substance ejected from glands in their heads. In what unusual way do velvet worms breathe? More...
This Day in History

The Cocoanut Grove Nightclub Fire (1942)

The deadliest nightclub fire in US history, the Cocoanut Grove fire claimed 492 lives. When the fire broke out, the Boston, Massachusetts, club was packed well beyond capacity. About 1,000 people were inside, with limited avenues of escape. Side doors had been locked to prevent patrons from skipping out on tabs, and the main entrance, a revolving door, was rendered useless by the crush of the crowd, as were other unlocked doors that opened inward. What is one theory as to what sparked the fire? More...
Today's Birthday

Alexander Godunov (1949)

Godunov was a Russian ballet dancer and film actor whose defection caused a diplomatic incident between the US and USSR. On August 21, 1979, while on tour with the Bolshoi Ballet in New York City, Godunov requested political asylum. Days later, the KGB put his wife, a soloist with the company, on a plane to Moscow, but the State Department grounded it until officials determined that she was leaving voluntarily. The couple later divorced. In what blockbuster did Godunov play a German terrorist? More...
Quotation of the Day
Jealousy is never satisfied with anything short of an omniscience that would detect the subtlest fold of the heart.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

take no notice of (something or someone)

To not pay any attention to someone or something; to ignore or disregard someone or something. More...
Today's Holiday

Chad Republic Day (2018)

This national holiday commemorates the establishment of the republic on this day in 1958, which afforded Chad some autonomy, though it was a French territory until it attained full independence. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: shy

demur, demure - Demur is the verb "to object or voice opposition," while demure is the adjective meaning "modest, shy." More...

farouche - Means "sullen or shy in company." More...

milquetoast - Comes from a comic strip character created in 1924 who was shy, timid, and unassertive. More...

shrinking violet - Violets actually shrink as if they become shy, giving us this term. More...

In the News

Watch these bizarre flies dive underwater using bubbles like scuba suits

Mark Twain, when he traveled to California's Mono Lake almost 150 years ago, became enchanted by aquatic flies. Mono Lake is peculiar — it's three times saltier than the ocean and nearly as basic as ammonia. A thick black necklace of flies encircles ... More...
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