Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, December 20, 2017)
Word of the Day

remiss

Definition:(adjective) Lax in attending to duty.
Synonyms:delinquent, derelict, neglectful
Usage: I had been remiss in the fulfillment of my obligations and failed to pay my bills on time, so my landlord evicted me.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Prepositions Commonly Used with Verbs

Certain verbs require prepositions in order to connect to their sentences' objects. What are some of the prepositions most commonly used with verbs? More...
Article of the Day

Hermann Hesse

Hesse was German novelist and poet. His major works, such as Siddhartha and The Glass Bead Game, for which he received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1946, deal with the individual's search for spiritual fulfillment, often through mysticism. A few years after Hesse's death in 1962, his novels enjoyed a revival of popularity due to their association with some of the themes of the 1960s counterculture movement. Hesse personally knew and was influenced by what famous psychoanalyst? More...
This Day in History

Spanish Prime Minister Luis Carrero Blanco Is Assassinated (1973)

When Spanish leader Francisco Franco appointed Carrero Blanco to the office of prime minister in 1973, the new premier was expected to uphold Franco's regime—including a plan to eventually restore the Spanish monarchy. Months later, Carrero Blanco was killed by a bomb that exploded under his car as he was leaving mass in Madrid. Though Spain may have moved closer to democracy after Carrero Blanco's death, that was not necessarily the intended goal of the bombing. Who was responsible for it? More...
Today's Birthday

Edwin Abbott (1838)

Abbott was an English theologian, schoolmaster, and author. He wrote educational textbooks, theological works, and a biography of Francis Bacon, and his 1870 Shakespearian Grammar became a permanent fixture of English philology. However, his most famous work is a playfully inventive 1884 novella best described as "mathematical fiction." The humorous and satirical tale has enjoyed an enduring popularity, particularly among mathematicians and students. What is the name of the novella? More...
Quotation of the Day
Fortune cannot aid those who do nothing.

Sophocles (496 BC-406 BC)

Idiom of the Day

let's roll

Let's get out of here; let's get moving. More...
Today's Holiday

Newport Harbor Christmas Boat Parade (2017)

Newport Harbor Christmas Boat Parade is a nightly parade of boats at Newport Beach, California. More than 150 boats of all kinds, wildly decorated with lights depicting Santa Claus, snowmen, and other symbols of winter, join the parade. Some boats carry huge inflated figures and many play music. The floating parades started in 1908 as a Fourth of July spectacular. In 1946, the city put a tree and carolers on a barge and towed it around the harbor, and that began the current December parades. Today, about a million spectators watch them during the festival. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: obligation

obstriction - An obligation. More...

convert into, convert to - Convert into means to change from one thing to another; convert to means to switch allegiance, loyalty, or obligation. More...

delinquent - Literally "completely having left" one's duty or obligation. More...

likely, liable - Use likely if you mean "probable, expected"; use liable if you mean "bound by law or obligation." More...

In the News

Women Over 85 Are Happier Because Their Partner is Dead By Then, Psychiatrists Say

Women become progressively happier as they age, according to a health survey conducted in England. They have higher rates of poor mental health than men throughout much of their lives, until over the age of 85, when women's overall happiness increases ... More...
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