Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, November 3, 2017)
Word of the Day

excavate

Definition:(verb) Remove the inner part or the core of.
Synonyms:dig, hollow
Usage: The mining company wants to excavate the hillside and build a tunnel.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Dummy Pronouns

Dummy pronouns are words that function grammatically as pronouns, but which do not have antecedents like normal pronouns do. This means that, unlike normal pronouns, dummy pronouns do not replace a noun, phrase, or clause. They are also commonly referred to as what? More...
Article of the Day

Attachment Therapy

Attachment therapy refers to a category of mental health interventions used to treat patients with attachment disorders, behavioral disorders caused by the lack of an emotionally secure attachment to a caregiver in the first two years of life and characterized by an inability to form healthy relationships. While there are attachment-related interventions based on generally accepted theory, some treatments are so controversial that they have been banned. Which methods are most strongly opposed? More...
This Day in History

The Bombay Times and Journal of Commerce, now The Times of India, Is Founded (1838)

The Bombay Times and Journal of Commerce was established in 1838. Since then, both the name of the newspaper and the name of the city have changed. In 1861, 134 years before Bombay was renamed Mumbai, the paper was renamed The Times of India. Today, The Times of India, an English-language daily, has the largest circulation of any English-language newspaper in the world. How many copies of each edition are printed every day? More...
Today's Birthday

Bronislau "Bronko" Nagurski (1908)

Named an All-American at the University of Minnesota in 1929 as both a tackle and fullback, Nagurski turned pro to play for the National Football League's Chicago Bears, becoming the archetypical pile-driving fullback of the 1930s. Although he was never the league's rushing leader, Nagurski was nearly impossible to stop without a gain and often dragged multiple tacklers with him before going down. In addition to football, Nagurski competed in what other sport on a professional level? More...
Quotation of the Day
My dreams were at once more fantastic and agreeable than my writings.

Mary Shelley (1797-1851)

Idiom of the Day

fall off the back of a truck

Of goods or merchandise, to be acquired by illegal or dubious means; to come into (someone's) possession without being paid for. More...
Today's Holiday

Meiji Setsu (2019)

This day was formerly observed as the birthday of the Emperor Meiji (1852-1912), who ruled Japan from 1868 until his death. Meiji Tenno abolished feudalism, raised the people's standard of living, and secured Japan's reputation as a great world power. It was during his reign that a constitution was adopted, a parliament was convened, civil and criminal laws were codified, and an educational system was established. Railways were built, and electric lights and telephones were put into use. Today, November 3 is still a national holiday, but it is known as Bunka-no-Hi, or Culture Day. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: waves

breach - The leap of a whale out of the water or the breaking of waves over a vessel or onto a coast; it is also the act of breaking. More...

plangent - Describes the sound of the sea and its waves—reverberating and mournfully resonant. More...

swaff - To come one over another, like waves upon a shore. More...

lop - The state of the sea when it has waves that are short and lumpy, hence "loppy," when it is choppy and lumpy. More...

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