Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, November 5, 2017)
Word of the Day

patter

Definition:(verb) Plausible glib talk (especially useful to a salesperson).
Synonyms:line of gab, spiel
Usage: The automobile salesman spoke about the old car so approvingly and at such length that the customers soon began to grow tired of his patter.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Forming the Third Conditional

Third conditionals are used to establish a hypothetical situation in the past, followed by a hypothetical outcome that did not really happen—typically, the outcome is the opposite of what actually happened. How do we form the third conditional? More...
Article of the Day

Inaugural Games of the Flavian Amphitheater

In 80 CE, Roman Emperor Titus celebrated the completion of the Colosseum, then known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, with lavish games that lasted for more than 100 days. Though accounts of the events are scarce, the games likely featured gladiatorial combat and battle reenactments, executions staged as recreations of myths and historical events, and animal entertainment that included extravagant hunts and fights between different species. What exotic animals are said to have done battle? More...
This Day in History

Publishing Magnate Robert Maxwell Dies Mysteriously at Sea (1991)

A Czechoslovakian Jew, Maxwell fled to the UK during World War II and joined the British army. After the war, he purchased publishing house Pergamon Press. The company's success helped him win election to Parliament in 1964, but a 1969 financial scandal cost him control of Pergamon and his political career. He regained control of the company in 1974 and rejuvenated and expanded his empire. What did investigators discover about Maxwell's business dealings after his mysterious drowning death? More...
Today's Birthday

Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850)

When her Poems of Passion was published in 1883, Wheeler gained notoriety for writing "immoral" poetry. Her subsequent works showed a marked change in content, focusing on temperance, religion, and sentimental, inspirational verse. Her best known poem is "Solitude," which earned her five dollars when it was published in an 1883 issue of the New York Sun. It famously opens, "Laugh and the world laughs with you / Weep and you weep alone." What inspired her to write these lines? More...
Quotation of the Day
The gratification of wealth is not found in mere possession or in lavish expenditure, but in its wise application.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

set (someone or something) loose

To make free or give up control of something or someone; to release or discharge something or someone, as from confinement. More...
Today's Holiday

Dhan Teras (2018)

Dhan Teras or Dhanvantri Trayodashi is observed two days prior to Dewali, the Hindu Festival of Lights. It is held in honor of Dhanvantri, the physician of the gods and the father of Indian medicine, whom doctors in particular worship on this day. According to Hindu mythology, the gods tried to produce the elixir known as amrita by churning up the ocean. Dhanvantri rose up out of the water bearing a cup filled with it. On this day Hindus rise at dawn and bathe, put on new robes, and fast. In the evening, they light an earthen lamp before the door of the house and break their fast. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: movie

art movie - A movie intended to be an artistic work rather than a commercial movie of mass appeal. More...

longueurs - Boring periods of time or parts of a book, play, music, or movie are longueurs. More...

horse opera - A slang term for a western (movie). More...

vamp - Theda Bara's performance in the movie The Vampire brought us this word, meaning "seductive woman." More...

In the News

Aliens Could Be Just Like Us—Darwin's Theory of Evolution Means ET Would Be Human-Like

Nearly every depiction of extraterrestrial life are of green figures with large heads, and bug eyes, that look, well, alien. But new research suggests that if advanced beings from far away worlds exist, they may look a lot like us. Scientists at the ... More...
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