Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, February 1, 2016)
Word of the Day

cadge

Definition:(verb) Ask for and get free; be a parasite.
Synonyms:bum, grub, mooch, sponge
Usage: Though she had a pantry full of groceries, Sheila loved to cadge her meals from her sister.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Idioms that Start with Prepositions

Most idioms that start with prepositions are prepositional phrases and consist of a preposition followed by a noun or noun phrase. What are the most common prepositions found at the beginning of prepositional idioms? More...
Article of the Day

Illuminated Manuscripts

Strictly defined, the phrase “illuminated manuscript” refers only to texts decorated with gold or silver. Now, however, the term is commonly used to describe any decorated or illustrated manuscript from the Western or Islamic traditions. The majority of surviving manuscripts date back to the Middle Ages, during which period they were often produced in monasteries. Illumination was a complex and costly process. What insects were used to make the red pigments that decorate these manuscripts? More...
This Day in History

Janet Jackson's Wardrobe Malfunctions (2004)

Nearly 90 million people watched Super Bowl XXXVIII, and approximately 540,000 of them filed complaints with the Federal Communications Commission after Justin Timberlake exposed fellow singer Janet Jackson's breast during the game's halftime show. The incident led to legal action, heavy fines, and a crackdown on aspects of US broadcasting considered indecent. Shortly after the "wardrobe malfunction," a streaker darted onto the field in an unrelated stunt. What happened to him? More...
Today's Birthday

Johannes Trithemius (1462)

In 1482, 20-year-old scholar Johannes Trithemius was traveling home from university when a snowstorm forced him to take refuge in the Benedictine abbey at Sponheim, Germany. He decided to stay and was soon elected abbot, whereupon he began transforming the abbey into a place of serious study. Allegations of occultism in his writings led to his resignation, but some of those volumes that were once assumed to be about magic have since been deciphered and are now known to deal with what subject? More...
Quotation of the Day
Those who prepared for all the emergencies of life beforehand may equip themselves at the expense of joy.

E. M. Forster (1879-1970)

Idiom of the Day

loose talk

Uninhibited, indiscreet talk or conversation, especially as might unintentionally lead to revealing private or sensitive information to others. More...
Today's Holiday

National Freedom Day (2018)

National Freedom Day commemorates the abolition of slavery in the United States. On that date in 1865, President Abraham Lincoln signed the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, making slavery illegal. The purpose of the day is to celebrate the freedom from slavery for all people and to acknowledge the importance of freedom and harmony in American society. Freedom Day is not a federal holiday, and a strong drive is underway to adopt June 19, or Juneteenth, as it is known, as the American holiday to celebrate the end of slavery. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: sponge

loofah - Not a sponge but a dried tropical fruit used as a sponge. More...

sponge bath - An all-over washing of the body with a sponge or washcloth instead of taking a bath or shower. More...

bibulous - First meant "absorbent, like a sponge," and later figuratively meant "addicted to alcohol." More...

sponge - From Latin spongia, and Greek sphoggos, "water growth." More...

In the News

Facebook Friends Are Almost Entirely Fake, Study Finds

Most of your Facebook friends don't care about you and probably wouldn't even sympathise with your problems, according to a new study. Many people have hundreds of Facebook friends. But people can only really depend on four of them, on average, according... More...
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