Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, December 4, 2016)
Word of the Day

centerboard

Definition:(noun) A movable keel in a sailboat that can be pivoted upward to reduce the boat's draft in shallow water.
Synonyms:drop keel, sliding keel
Usage: Except for some damage to the centerboard, the boat was in good condition.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Periods

The period (also known as a full stop, especially in British English) is a punctuation mark ( . ) primarily used to indicate the end of a sentence. When typing, how many spaces should be used after a period? More...
Article of the Day

Local Currency

A local currency is a currency that is not backed by a national government and is intended for trade only in a small area. Today, more than 2,500 local currency systems operate throughout the world. Though advocates say local currencies enable people in economically depressed regions to improve their situation, opponents argue that such systems can interfere with economies of scale and lead to tax evasion. What are some examples of local currencies? More...
This Day in History

Lebanon Hostage Crisis: Last US Captive Released after 7 Years (1991)

After reporting from Vietnam as a war correspondent, American journalist Terry A. Anderson became chief correspondent for the Associated Press in Lebanon. In March 1985, he was abducted from a Beirut street by Shiite Hezbollah militants retaliating against the US for supplying Israel with weapons. Held with other American hostages taken at around the same time, Anderson remained in captivity for nearly seven years and was the last to be released. What has he done since regaining his freedom? More...
Today's Birthday

Francisco Franco (1892)

A career army officer and skillful leader, Franco was appointed the Spanish army's chief of staff in 1935. The next year, he joined the military uprising that precipitated the Spanish Civil War and became the leader of the Nationalist forces bent on overthrowing the republican government. Over the next few years, a bloody war was waged. The Nationalists emerged victorious, and from 1939 until his death in 1975, Franco served as virtual dictator of Spain. Whose aid helped secure Franco's victory? More...
Quotation of the Day
Flattery is the worst and falsest way of showing our esteem.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Idiom of the Day

talk to the hand

A rude interjection meant to interrupt and dismiss what another person is saying. (Sometimes written or spoken in longer forms, such as, "talk to the hand, because the face isn't listening," or the like.) More...
Today's Holiday

Siaosi Tupou I Day (2018)

King George Tupou I, also known by his Tongan name of King Siaosi Tupou I, was the first king of the Pacific island nation. He took on the title on December 4, 1845, and the date is a Tongan national holiday. Tupuo's rule was marked by a number of landmark events. He abolished serfdom and introduced the nation's first written laws. He also opened the country's first parliament and introduced its first constitution. Tonga honors King Tupou I for establishing much about their country, both good and bad, that still distinguishes it today. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: twisted

twist-grip - A bicycle grip that may be twisted to change the gears is a twist-grip. More...

pigtail - In the 17th century, it was tobacco twisted into a thin rope, which resembled the animal's tail. More...

torsibility - The tendency to untwist after being twisted; it is also the degree to which something can be twisted. More...

writhen - "Twisted or contorted out of shape." More...

In the News

Using Ecstasy to Treat PTSD: 'I felt like my soul snapped back into place'

In nearly a decade trying to recover from post-traumatic stress disorder caused by childhood abuse, Jessi Appleton compiled a medical chart that reads like a Chinese restaurant menu. Biofeedback. Neurofeedback. Anti-depressants. Anti-anxiety medication. She ... More...
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